Accused car thief drove 600km before police chase

AN interstate manhunt for a stolen vehicle continues with police appealing for public assistance to track the alleged offender.

It is believed the driver of a white LandCruiser single cab tray back ute, reported stolen from a southern New South Wales property two days ago, managed to travel more than 570km before coming to police attention.

And then it was only because he apparently panicked when he saw a marked police car.

Stanthorpe Detective Sergeant Damian Grace said police were continuing their search for the man who first came to police attention in what is believed to be a case of guilty conscience taking control.

Det. Sgt Grace said there was nothing dangerous or untoward about the man's driving until the point he fled from a marked police car about 9.30am Wednesday.

He said a marked police car had been parked on a Stanthorpe street when the LandCruiser ute appeared to make a run from officers.

Det. Sgt Grace said until the point the man fled from police there had been nothing dangerous or suspicious to bring him to police attention.

He said police did not pursue the vehicle but had attempted to intercept it on a number of occasions around the Stanthorpe and Dalveen areas but the driver managed to evade officers.

The last confirmed sighting of the vehicle was on Rabbit Fence Rd which runs through the back country near Dalveen.

The vehicle is believed to have travelled west from Stanthorpe to Gore on the Cunningham Hwy but that has yet to be confirmed, Det. Sgt Grace said.

He said the man was not believed to be a danger to the community, but asked anyone to report information immediately to police.

"(The driver's) actions were dangerous but that's not to say he is a danger to the community," Det. Sgt Grace said.

"We do not have an ID of the person but the circumstances around the incident don't lead us to think he is a danger to the community."

The LandCruiser ute was reported stolen from Singleton, a small town in far southern New South Wales.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or their local police station.



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