The high-speed chase started in Point Cook and ended in an arrest in Werribee as the suspect attempted to evade authorities on foot.
Wyndham Crime Investigation Unit detectives have apprehended a 35-year-old man following a dramatic pursuit that ended in Werribee overnight.
The incident began when police attempted to pull over a Commodore station wagon without registration plates in Point Cook shortly before 9pm. However, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop, prompting a pursuit that lasted through the night and into Werribee.
Assistance from the Air Wing was enlisted to track the fleeing vehicle, after investigators made enquiries that revealed the driver might be in possession of a firearm. Concerned about the escalating situation, the authorities called in the Special Operations Group for support.
The situation took an intense turn when the driver abandoned the car in a shopping center car park along Heaths Road and attempted to escape on foot. Swift action by officers led to the cordoning off of the area, resulting in the arrest of the male driver as he tried to flee.
During a subsequent search, police discovered the discarded firearm believed to be associated with the incident. The 35-year-old Werribee resident now faces multiple charges, including prohibited possession of a firearm, failing to comply with police orders to stop, dangerous driving, and driving while disqualified.
The man remains in custody and is scheduled to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.