Police were forced to abandon a pursuit in Canberra at about 4:00 pm yesterday (2 September) due to concerns for public safety.
The matter began almost two hours earlier, at around 2:10 pm, when ACT Policing responded to reports that the driver of a stolen blue BMW had produced a handgun in front of two people.
The incident was reported to police and shortly afterwards witnesses said the BMW was being driven erratically in the Dickson area.
The vehicle was then sighted in Belconnen at about 2:30 pm and a police cordon was established in the interests of public safety.
At about 4:00 pm, the stolen car was pursued by police along Canberra Avenue; however, the pursuit was terminated within seconds due to concerns for public safety in heavy afternoon traffic. The car entered NSW a short time later.
An ACT Policing spokesperson said the decision to abandon the pursuit was made in line with the AFP National Guideline on Urgent Duty Driving and Pursuits.
“The pursuit will be reviewed, as required in the guideline,” the spokesperson said.
Police enquiries into the firearm and driving incidents, and the driver’s whereabouts, are continuing with the assistance of NSW Police officers.
Anyone with information that may help police locate the stolen blue BMW sedan, last seen bearing NSW registration plates CTP 94P, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 quote reference number 6621942. Information can be given anonymously.
Anyone with recent dashcam footage of the incidents is also urged to contact Crime Stoppers.