Police charge man over alleged 200km pursuit after attempts to cross border without permit


A Victorian man has been charged after he allegedly crossed the NSW/Victoria border without a permit, leading police on a 200-kilometre pursuit.

The 51-year-old man who was driving a Mazda MX-5 was stopped at a checkpoint on the Hume Highway at South Albury.

The Warrnambool man said he did not have a permit but wanted to drive to Canberra.

Checks revealed he had previously made unsuccessful attempts to cross the border without a permit.

He was refused entry and directed to return to Victoria with a police escort.

While officers were escorting him, it’s alleged the vehicle took off at speed onto the Hume Highway.

The vehicle reached speeds of more than 170 kilometres an hour.

Road spikes were deployed deflating one tyre, but officers had to pursue the vehicle for 200 kilometres.

The vehicle ran out of fuel and came to a stop near Jugiong, about halfway between Gundagai and Yass.

The man was arrested and refused bail to face Gundagai Local Court.

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