Stolen car scatters children



Picture: Melissa McCullough

MORNINGTON police were involved in a dramatic incident on Friday when a stolen car was driven up the wrong side of Bungower Rd – and even up onto the footpath on the wrong side of the road – during school pick-up time.

Frightened parents and sobbing pupils from St Macartans Primary School scattered as the silver Holden Commodore – nicked earlier from Roxburgh Park – roared up onto the footpath in its efforts to get away.

Senior Sergeant Steve Duffee, of Mornington police, said the “manner in which the car was being driven” brought it to their attention near Padua College.

It is believed the car hit a car outside Padua, and skimmed a bus before heading on to Bungower Rd.

Police armed with stop-sticks were seen standing beside Tyabb Rd, 3.30pm, as part of a plan to force the car to stop.

The Air Wing and several highway patrol cars monitored the car as it drove through Moorooduc, Frankston and along Eastlink.

It was spotted refuelling at Oakleigh and the driver, 45, of no fixed address, was arrested, 4.15pm.

He will be charged with theft of a motor vehicle and multiple driving offences, including conduct endangering life.




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