A Dubbo couple took police on a chase from Goulburn to Parramatta on Saturday afternoon, allegedly car-jacking two vehicles and threatening a baby with a shortened firearm.
The 33-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were allegedly speeding down the Federal Highway south of Goulburn about 4.10pm when they were detected by police, whose checks revealed that the utility had been stolen from Molong, northwest of Orange, the previous day.
But police say that when officers tried to pull over the car, its occupants accelerated away from them and the police gave chase. Officers put out road spikes south of Marulan, puncturing the front tyre of the ute, but the male driver continued driving to the eastern outskirts of town.
At Brayton Road, the couple allegedly jumped out and threatened a couple and their baby with a shortened firearm to steal their Ford Territory. They then drove back onto the Hume Highway, heading north, but only got as far as a service station in Sutton Forest – a distance of about 30 kilometres – where they crashed into a guard rail.
Police say the couple then got out of the vehicle and threatened a woman and two teenage girls with the firearm, before stealing their black Ford Focus. Police spotted it on the Hume Highway at Yanderra, north of Mittagong, and initiated a short pursuit, but soon abandoned it due to safety concerns.
About 5.45pm the vehicle was allegedly involved in a collision involving three other cars on the Narellan Road at Mount Annan, but it left the scene.
Police finally used PolAir to Irving Street, Parramatta, where local police and officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad and Dog Unit arrested the pair about 6.45pm.
The man was marched into the police van with an officer on each arm, described himself as a proud “Dubbo lad”, swore at onlookers and warned police to be mindful of a birthday present in his pocket.