Woman flees across freeway

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A WOMAN on the run after she and her male friend crashed a stolen car on the Frankston Freeway last week ran across eight lanes of traffic to escape police causing two cars to collide.

Detective Senior Constable Ryan Collins, of Frankston CIU, said the couple was driving a stolen Nissan Pulsar towards Carrum Downs when they left the road and ran into a fence. Both jumped out and ran off towards the Eastlink turnoff, with other motorists reporting the incident to triple zero.

Police set up a cordon to corral them but the woman, 31, allegedly ran off and it was only “dumb luck” which saved her from being run down on the freeway, Detective Collins said.

When police arrested the Doveton woman, and the 21-year-old man, of no fixed address, they allegedly found stolen property in the car.

The pair was charged with multiple counts of theft, including theft of alcohol from a BWS store. The man was charged with petrol drive offs and the woman with conduct endangering life.

The stolen Nissan was extensively damaged and the two cars which collided on the freeway while attempting to avoid her were said to be moderately damaged.

The pair faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week and was further remanded to appear on 24 September.

First published in the Frankston Times – 17 September 2018

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