Charges after postie bike used in getaway

A FRANKSTON man who allegedly pushed a postie off his bike and used it as his getaway vehicle on Friday afternoon handed himself into police on Monday.

The incident occurred after police used road spikes to stop a man in a stolen Ford sedan in Leonard St, Frankston, after his erratic driving in the Frankston CBD led to a lengthy pursuit.

An 18-year-old man had earlier been involved in a dispute at a house in Leonard St where he allegedly damaged property and stole the car before doing wheelies at a Beach St roundabout.

With the Ford’s tyres deflated, the man jumped out and allegedly knocked the nearby postie off his bike before riding off on it. It was later found dumped in Somerville.

Senior Sergeant Al Hanson, of Frankston CIU, said police decided not to chase the impromptu biker because they knew his identity and there was no need to risk further mayhem.

The postie, who was doing his afternoon round, received minor grazing in the incident. Australia Post said later there was no mail in the bike’s saddle bags.

A man who handed himself into police, Monday 20 March, was charged with robbery, three counts of reckless conduct endangering life, evade police, theft of motor car and criminal damage.

He was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

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