The man who allegedly stole a caravan from a Mitchell Highway rest stop with a woman still inside has been charged with a range of offences by police.
The 28-year-old is accused of stealing a total of three motor vehicles over a 150 kilometre stretch of the Mitchell Highway between Barringun and Bourke on Tuesday.
The caravanning couple caught up in the drama both sustained nasty injuries. They were stopped at the rest area about 40km south of Enngonia when the offender allegedly jumped in their Ute and tried to drive off with the caravan still attached.
The 68-year-old Victorian man suffered significant head, wrist and leg injuries when he scuffled with the suspect through the driver’s door in an attempt to stop him driving off. He was allegedly pushed from his vehicle and was dragged a short distance before falling heavily onto the road and losing consciousness. He remains in Dubbo Base Hospital in a stable condition.
The 66-year-old woman who was still inside the attached caravan when it was allegedly stolen suffered a chipped tooth during the drama.
Police eventually arrested the suspect – and rescued the woman – when they came across the stolen Mazda utility and caravan stopped by the side of the road with flat tyres abut 10 kilometres from the rest stop.
The 28-year-old suspect has now been charged with 13 offences. These include: Take and drive conveyance (x2), Aggravated take/drive conveyance cause actual bodily harm, Resist arrest (x3), Assault police, Take and detain with intent to obtain advantage, Escape lawful custody, Recklessly damage/destroy property and Drive unregistered motor vehicle/drive uninsured motor vehicle.
He has been refused bail.