Goulburn Local Area Command
Man Arrested After Alleged Carjack, Pursuit – Southern Highlands
A man has been arrested near Goulburn after the alleged carjacking of a taxi and pursuit in the Southern Highlands last night.
The taxi driver told Police he picked up a passenger in Moss Vale and was directed to drive to Robertson about 9.15 pm, however, the driver and passenger have become involved in a dispute during which the driver was allegedly assaulted.
The 33-year-old man then allegedly stole the taxi and drove from the scene.
Police were alerted and the taxi was seen a short time later near Moss Vale. A pursuit was initiated when the driver failed to stop when directed.
The pursuit was terminated as the vehicle neared the Hume Highway due to safety concerns. Police will allege the man drove at speeds of up to 140 km/h through country roads signposted at 60 km/h.
The taxi continued South along the highway before it hit a guard rail south of Goulburn after apparently attempting to overtake two heavy vehicles.
The truck drivers detained the man at the scene until Police arrived and arrested him.
He was taken to Goulburn Police Station where he was breath tested and returned a reading of 0.165. Police will allege powder, believed to be methamphetamine, was found when he was searched.
The man has been charged with:
- Assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle,
- High-range PCA,
- Drive vehicle recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous,
- Drive while disqualified, not stop vehicle when directed,
- Possess prohibited drug.
The man will appear in Goulburn Local Court later today.
The taxi driver, a 44-year-old Moss Vale man, was treated for minor injuries at Bowral Hospital.