25 July 2022

'Crazy driver' still at large after two-day police chase through Canberra and Queanbeyan

| James Coleman
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The vehicle headed down Canberra Avenue, driving over the median strip, heading towards Fyshwick. Photo: James Coleman.

Police are still on the hunt for the couple behind a string of dangerous driving episodes earlier this month.

At about 2:30 pm on Wednesday, 7 July, a grey Mitsubishi Triton 4WD ute tore southbound along Canberra Avenue, with at least two marked police cars in hot pursuit.

It was seen to turn right at the crossing of Dominion Circuit and then left onto Canberra Avenue, continuing southbound at high speed, but this time against the flow of traffic. Police terminated the pursuit because of the risk to other motorists.

Region approached ACT Policing at the time of the incident, but they declined to comment.

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Francis Carandang witnessed the chase and, in a subsequent post to the Canberra Notice Board Group on Facebook, says she lost sight after that.

“I hope it was caught and did not cause damage or injury to other road users.”

“My partner saw this car,” one comment read. “Ran a red light at Southern Cross Drive doing over 100 km/h. A car turning right on a green light luckily saw it coming and stopped.”

About 20 minutes later, Nathan O’Connor spotted the same 4WD “doing at least 140 km/h on the Monaro Highway” near the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

“Weaving around cars down the breakdown lane. Crazy driver.”

Police car

Police had to repeatedly cease pursuing the Mitsubishi. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Within 10 minutes, it was spotted near Queanbeyan “flying down the wrong side of Cooma Road” with police again in pursuit.

“Easily doing more than 100 km/h from Karabar Shops and passed me at Dane Street flat out,” Peter Ryan posted to the Queanbeyan Community Notice Board.

“Almost T-boned us,” Tafzil Hasan commented. “We were going to Karabar up Old Cooma Road and they turned left coming down from Edwin Park Lane. Had to brake hard. Was a female driver with a massive grin on her face.”

“They nearly took me out at the roundabout near the Riverside Plaza,” read another comment. “They went straight through it. Then went on to overtake a car over the median strip.”

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The following day (Thursday, 8 July), a spokesperson for ACT Policing said they had engaged a speeding NSW-registered Mitsubishi 4WD in Belconnen.

“The 4WD was repeatedly observed speeding, crossing to the wrong side of the road and actively avoiding police across multiple locations during the next 20 minutes,” the spokesperson said.

“Due to the dangerous nature of the driving, police repeatedly ceased pursuing the vehicle.”

Queanbeyan Police said the car was later recovered from Broulee on the South Coast, but the driver and passenger had fled the scene and are yet to be identified.

Anyone with information that may identify the driver or the passenger in the Mitsubishi 4WD is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 quoting P2085959.

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