27 February 2024

Man charged after allegedly jumping into Murray River to avoid arrest after car chase

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Murray River Police have charged a 26-year-old man following a pursuit. Photo: Supplied.

A man has been arrested over alleged traffic and property offences following a police pursuit in Albury.

Police said that about 8:45 pm last Thursday (22 February), Murray River District officers saw a black MG that had been reportedly stolen from the driveway of a West Albury home the previous weekend (18 February).

When the MG failed to stop, a pursuit ensued, with the vehicle monitored by a PolAir helicopter as it crossed the border at Albury-Wodonga.

At about 9:15 pm, the MG returned to NSW and drove across a grassed area alongside the Murray River.

The driver fled from the car and jumped into the river.

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At 9:44 pm, the 26-year-old man was arrested on the riverbank in West Albury, 1.7 km downstream.

He was taken to Albury Base Hospital for assessment before being transferred to Albury Police Station, where he assisted police with inquiries.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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