UPDATE, Friday, 7.30am: AN Allansford man man has been charged with ramming a police car which resulted in cars looking like they had been hit with a shotgun blast.
The 38-year-old has been charged with reckless conduct endangering life and will appear in Warrnambool court today.
Police are investigating whether they can charge him with the new offence of ramming a police car which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment.
A warrant was issued for the man’s arrest last month after he was put on a $5000 bail surety in early December relating to charges involving a violent home invasion and armed robbery.
Undercover police officers and detectives were patrolling Warrnambool’s Fitzroy Road on Thursday afternoon, where a friend of the man lives.
When he pulled up two unmarked police cars boxed him in.
The man then tried to flee by ramming the police vehicles and in the process has sprayed gravel over cars in a nearby car yard.
Officers said the driver tried extremely hard to get away.
“Some of the vehicles in the car yard look like they had been hit with a shotgun,” one officer said.
Two police vehicles also received significant damage.
A Warrnambool woman, 33, was also charged with three thefts relating to petrol drive-offs in Camperdown and Little Rover and stealing lollies valued at $6 from the central Woolworths supermarket in Warrnambool on Tuesday this week.
She was in the car with the 38-year-old man at the time of the ramming.
Both will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court today for bail/remand hearings.
Thursday: TWO unmarked police vehicles were damaged after they were rammed by a man wanted on warrants.
Warrnambool Detective Senior Constable Elissa Smith, from Warrnambool CIU, said a 38-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested at Fitzroy Road on Thursday afternoon.
She said the man was wanted on outstanding warrants for dishonesty offences and police were looking for the man when they saw him driving in a car. She said the car was intercepted by police when the man attempted a u-turn and rammed the unmarked vehicle.
A divisional response unit vehicle then attempted to block the car and the man reversed back into the police vehicle.
There were no injuries from the incident.