Three teenagers have been charged and police are still hunting for a fourth person following a high-speed chase in an allegedly stolen vehicle that tore through Heathcote’s Main St last Friday.
McIvor Times administration and reception manager Julie Thompson was one of many who had a front-row seat to the high-speed drama which was being streamed live from television helicopters.
‘‘I was sitting at my desk when I heard a police car sound his siren just outside the office, so I went outside to see what was going on,’’ Mrs Thompson said.
‘‘The police car was nowhere to be seen, so I went back inside until I heard the sound of a helicopter, then another police siren.
‘‘I was looking out again when ‘whoosh’, a car flew past the office on the wrong side of the road.
‘‘It had to be doing at least 100km/h in a 60km/h zone.’’
Mrs Thompson said she was also surprised Bendigo police did not use road spikes once the car was past Heathcote.
‘‘I expected they were taking measures to stop the car and was amazed when they said they were calling the pursuit off as the car was heading into a built-up area,’’ she said.
Witness Shannen Cook posted on social media that her husband saw the car drive past their property in Knowsley doing ‘‘at least 150km/h’’, while Jessie Charlotte said she was forced off the road in an attempt to avoid being side-swiped.
About 4pm on Friday, a grey BMW was allegedly stolen from a pokies venue in Melbourne’s north. Two females, aged 17 and 14, also entered the vehicle.
Police pursued the driver, who was allegedly high on ice, as he dangerously sped off, racing into oncoming traffic and narrowly missing a pedestrian while racing through Lancefield.
The two girls pleaded with the driver to be let out of the car, and only escaped when the driver stopped in Kilmore to refuel.
The car continued driving erratically, speeding through Heathcote and Axedale with a helicopter in pursuit.
Motorists were forced on to the side of the road as the driver repeatedly overtook cars on the Northern Hwy.
The chase was called off as the car approached Bendigo.
Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit detectives have since charged a 15-year-old Diamond Creek boy after police found the dumped car on Alvarado Ave in Thomastown just before 5pm on Saturday. He is assisting police with their inquiries.
Whittlesea CIU also charged a 14-year-old Thomastown girl with two counts of theft of motor vehicle and she was remanded in custody, while a 17-year-old Thomastown girl was charged with one count of theft of motor vehicle and was bailed.
Both girls were arrested after they left the vehicle in Kilmore and entered a nearby supermarket.
— McIvor Times