Police warn public over carjacker on the run

A man who carjacked a vehicle at knife-point and ordered the driver to speed away from police in Newcastle remains on the run. Police have warned that he is dangerous and should not be approached.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, allegedly held a knife to the throat of a male motorist and told him to drive his Toyota LandCruiser about 10 kilometres along the New England Highway before the driver managed to jump out of his vehicle when he slowed at a pedestrian crossing.

The man sped away in the stolen vehicle and has not been seen since. He had earlier crashed into an elderly couple’s car and attempted to carjack several other vehicles.

Police say officers from the highway patrol first attempted to stop the motorist, who has a fair and freckled complexion with short red hair, on Main Road at Jesmond just after 3.30pm on Sunday.

The man pulled his Honda Prelude over to the side of the road but police allege he drove away when officers tried to approach him.

The officers chased the man north onto the Pacific Highway and into Hexham, where the Honda did a U-turn into northbound traffic and hit another vehicle. The elderly man and woman in that vehicle were not seriously injured.

Police say the Honda sped south along the Pacific Highway before crashing into scrub.

An off-duty police officer who had seen the first crash followed the Honda and attempted to arrest the driver, who allegedly pulled out a knife and broke free.

Police say the man ran across four lanes of traffic on the Pacific Highway and attempted to stop several north-bound vehicles, before waving down a Toyota LandCruiser. The man got into the vehicle, held a knife to the throat of the driver and told him to speed away.

Police chased the LandCruiser north for about 10 kilometres into Ashtonfield. The driver slowed down at a pedestrian crossing and jumped out, injuring his leg. The alleged offender took control of the vehicle and drove towards Hexham, where police ended the pursuit due to safety concerns.

Neither the driver nor the stolen vehicle have been seen since.

Police are appealing for help to find the gold LandCruiser, which has NSW plates CJC 09Y. The alleged offender is about 175 centimetres tall and weighs about 85 kilograms.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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