A POLICEMAN jumped behind a large tree to avoid being run over by a stolen Nissan four-wheel-drive as it sped along Talbot Court, Frankston, early Thursday 7 December.
Police will allege the female driver had been behind the wheel during aborted pursuits along Webb St, Seaford, and other streets before running a red light on the Frankston-Dandenong Rd the day before.
The black Navarra then allegedly turned onto Skye Rd, Mcmahons Rd and onto Beach St before overtaking another vehicle and speeding away from police.
A passing police patrol spotted the vehicle in Talbot Court and called in extra units as part of a planned intercept. Police deployed stop-sticks in front of the vehicle to puncture its tyres.
However, when police approached the driver “took off” swerving around the police cars and the stop-sticks into Wolsley Avenue and almost running the officer down before he jumped behind the tree. He was unhurt.
The police Canine Unit and Air Wing tracked down a woman believed to be the driver at the rear of a house in Lucerne Cr, Frankston.
A police dog was sent in and the woman, 19, was arrested. She had not been charged last Thursday and is said to be helping police with their inquiries.