22 July 2022

Search for driver who smashed vehicle into garage door, narrowly missing police

| Claire Fenwicke
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stolen car swiping a police vehicle

Police are searching for this stolen Toyota FJ Cruiser which evaded officers in Phillip on Wednesday, 20 July. Photo: ACT Policing.

Police are searching for an “extensively damaged” white Toyota FJ Cruiser which was used to ram a garage door and swiped a parked police vehicle in Phillip.

At about 8 pm on Wednesday (20 July) police responded to reports of a suspicious male loitering in a vehicle in the underground parking of an Irving Street apartment complex.

Reports by residents allowed police to run number plate checks, which revealed the man was in a stolen vehicle.

When police entered the garage, the man accelerated out of a car space, reaching speeds of 50 km/h.

He drove straight through the closed garage door and into police vehicles blocking the driveway.

The man then mounted the curb around the parked police vehicles and fled the scene.

Police have now released footage of the incident in the hope Canberrans may have seen the car or witnessed erratic driving after the incident.

The white Toyota FJ Cruiser has extensive damage to its side panels and windscreen.

Anyone who has information or has seen the vehicle is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting 7165899.

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