A THIRROUL man has been charged after allegedly stealing a taxi and leading police on a pursuit.
Just before 7.30am on Saturday, a taxi was stolen from outside a shopping centre in Warrawong. The taxi’s driver was not in the vehicle at the time.
Police were alerted and officers from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command attended the area.
A short time later police spotted the taxi driving on Colliery Road at Avondale and initiated a pursuit.
The pursuit ended approximately three minutes later on Cleveland Street when the taxi stopped and the driver ran from the vehicle.
It’s alleged the man, who was armed with a knife, attempted to carjack another vehicle before he was subdued by police.
The 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to Shellharbour Hospital to undergo blood and urine testing.
He was then taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he was charged with six offences, including police pursuit (Skye’s Law); take and drive conveyance without consent; and aggravated assault.
The Thirroul man was refused bail, to appear at Port Kembla Local Court tomorrow (Sunday 18 January 2015).