POLICE are hoping information from the public will help them catch the female driver of a stolen BMW involved in several pursuits near Camperdown early yesterday.
Sergeant Jason Puschenjak, of Warrnambool police, said a 1998 BMW sedan was stolen at 10.05pm on Thursday in Ballarat.
At 2am yesterday police received reports of erratic driving in Camperdown and 40 minutes later a police unit began chasing the stolen BMW, but called off the pursuit after two minutes due to extreme speeds of more than 150km/h along the Princes Highway, heading east towards Colac. At 2.53am the same BMW swerved towards a police car parked on the side of the road and then headed west towards Camperdown.
Sergeant Puschenjak said another pursuit started but was also terminated after about three minutes when it became obvious the driver was not going to pull over as she approached Camperdown.
“Police members then attended at a Camperdown service station and spoke to several witnesses. We are following a number of lines of inquiry,” he said.
“The stolen BMW was found at 5.25am dumped on the side of the Princes Highway on the eastern side of town. Several people saw the female driver and she is believed to have been in the Camperdown area for at least two hours.”
She was described as being in her early 20s, about 160cm tall with dark hair.