It’s the ultimate grey nomad nightmare. A caravanning couple parked in a New South Wales rest stop have had their rig violently commandeered by a man on the run from police. The alleged offender then drove off with the 66-year-old woman still trapped inside the caravan.
The drama began at about 5pm on Tuesday when the 28-year old suspect pulled up at a rest stop about 40 kilometres south of Enngonia on the Mitchell Highway in a stolen car. He then allegedly jumped into a blue Mazda BT-50 utility which had a caravan attached and started to drive it away.
Police say the owner of the Mazda, a 68-year-old Victorian man, ran over to his vehicle and scuffled with the man through the driver’s door in an attempt to stop him.
The Mazda owner was allegedly pushed from his vehicle; fell heavily onto the road and lost consciousness, suffering significant head, wrist and leg injuries. The man was later flown to Dubbo Base Hospital by helicopter where he remains in a stable condition.
Police gave chase and soon afterwards came across the Ute and caravan stopped by the side of the road with punctures. The 28-year-old man allegedly resisted arrest but was eventually taken into police custody.
The 66-year-old woman and her dogs were then released from the caravan. The woman had suffered a chipped front tooth during the wild ride.
The 28-year-old man is currently assisting police with their inquiries and several charges are expected.