Deniliquin Police forced to act to avoid collision
Police were forced to take ‘‘evasive action’’ after a ute flagged for avoiding police on Friday morning drove directly at them on the Cobb Highway near Deniliquin on Friday.
Police came close to stopping the ute, which police later discovered was brandishing false number plates, a number of times following the initial incident, but the driver managed to get away each time.
During some evasive moves, the ute is believed to have ploughed through a number of fences and gates across several private properties in Deniliquin’s south east.
Police initially attempted to stop the ute on Hardinge St, Deniliquin about 11.22am Friday saying the driver was allegedly texting on a phone while driving.
Police were stopped at the Hardinge St and Sloane St intersection when they spotted the incident, and allege the driver of the ute sped away as soon as they turned their lights on.
Police chose not to give chase for safety reasons, but alerted other officers to the description of the car.
Another patrol vehicle spotted the ute on Barham Rd in Deniliquin soon after, and allege it was intentionally driven directly at the police vehicle.
After taking action to avoid a collision, police said the ute sped away.
All available patrol cars then started actively searching for the ute, which was spotted driving on Lawson Syphon Rd heading toward Four Post Camp.
Police lost sight of the car, which was then seen amongst trees in a paddock about 12.10pm. On investigation, police later found damaged fences and gates across a number of nearby paddocks.
At one damaged fence, police found one of the South Australian number plates from the car.
Checks revealed they had originally been fixed to a car that sustained irreparable damage in 2011.
The former owner told police it was sold, with the number plates, to someone in Victoria eight years ago.
Anyone with information about the ute, or its driver, is asked to contact police on 5881 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.