21 June 2022

Man who allegedly took woman hostage charged with multiple driving offences

| Claire Fenwicke
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A 25-year-old man will face court charged with multiple driving offences. Photo: File.

A 25-year-old man has been charged with multiple offences after he allegedly stole a vehicle, caused a collision and took a woman hostage.

At about 9 am on Sunday (19 June), police were told a Holden Commodore had been stolen from a Florey home.

Then on Monday (20 June), officers saw the vehicle allegedly speeding in Kingston, where they said the driver refused to stop for police.

Police said the Commodore travelled on the wrong side of Wentworth Avenue, collided head-on with another vehicle and the driver fled the scene. Pursuing police stopped and tended to the victim, the sole occupant of the vehicle.

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A short time later, police found the Commodore in Weston Park, Yarralumla. It’s alleged the vehicle drove off and was again pursued by police before leaving the road and hitting a fence. Police said the driver fled the scene on foot before climbing a fence into a nearby golf club.

It’s believed he was still being chased by officers when the man grabbed a woman.

Officers drew their tasers, after which police said the woman was released and the man was taken into custody. The woman was not physically harmed.

The 25-year-old man has been charged with two counts of failing to stop a motor vehicle for police, two counts of dangerous driving, driving a motor vehicle without consent, damaging property, driving without a licence, using an offensive weapon, making a demand with a threat to kill, possessing a drug of dependence and driving under the influence.

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