Uber ride-share run ruined as man arrested while fleeing from police

Local police and the Dog Squad moved in before a ride-share car was seen leaving a nearby hotel carpark.

A man who called an Uber to try and get away from police has been arrested in Clayton overnight.

The man first came to police attention following reports of a collision at the intersection of Ferntree Gully and Blackburn roads just before midnight.

A witnessed called Triple Zero (000) and advised police the driver of a car, who had just crashed into another vehicle at speed, had run from the scene.

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Attending police checked on the condition of the driver, confirmed the dumped car was stolen and cordoned the area; while following up reports the man was seen running south on Blackburn Road.

Local police and the Dog Squad moved in before a ride-share car was seen leaving a nearby hotel carpark.

Nunawading Highway Patrol intercepted the car on Wellington Road after noticing a passenger in the back seat, when the man ran from the scene.

Officers gave chase and the 31-year-old man was arrested following a short foot pursuit.

He has been interviewed by police and is expected to face charges including:

  • theft of motor vehicle
  • commit indicatable offence whilst on bail (x2)
  • unlicensed driving
  • drive in a manner dangerous
  • careless driving
  • fail to render assistance and other traffic related matters
  • possess methylamphetamine, and
  • deal property suspected proceeds of crime.

The Ferntree Gully man will be held over to appear before Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court today, 10 January,

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The driver and passenger from the other vehicle involved were both transported to hospital for treatment.

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