Accident ends days on the run

The Princes Highway was blocked to traffic last Friday after a vehicle clipped a b-double fuel tanker and careered off the road.  The air ambulance was called to transfer the 20 year-old driver to Melbourne for treatment where he was placed under police guard.

The Princes Highway was blocked to traffic last Friday after a vehicle clipped a b-double fuel tanker and careered off the road. The air ambulance was called to transfer the 20 year-old driver to Melbourne for treatment where he was placed under police guard.

CAMPERDOWN’S Lachlan Mitchell was apprehended after eight days ‘on the run’ last Friday, after crashing the vehicle he was driving at Weerite.

Investigators made an appeal for information last week in an effort to locate the 20-year-old and another man, Keiarhn Carter also of Camperdown and aged 20, following an armed robbery in Warrnambool on Thursday, August 25.

It is understood Mr Mitchell was driving an allegedly stolen car on the Princes Highway, about 5km east of Camperdown, when he collided with a b-double petrol tanker just after 3pm on Friday, September 2.

The tanker ran off the road and was bogged, however the stolen car overturned and landed in a paddock.

The driver of the car, whose identity was established as the person of interest to police, was airlifted to hospital.

A loaded sawn-off shotgun, stolen property and implements for breaking into home and armed robbery were located at the scene of the crash.

Mr Mitchell is currently under police guard in hospital.

The damaged Subaru had been stolen and the injured driver was wanted by police.

The damaged Subaru had been stolen and the injured driver was wanted by police.

A 15-year-old Camperdown boy was also in the car; he was taken to a local hospital and then released into police custody.

He has been interviewed in relation to the collision and other criminal matters and remanded in custody.

The stolen car, a Subaru Forester, is believed to have been stolen during an aggravated burglary in Sandhurst about two weeks ago.

Police are still seeking to speak with 20-year-old Keiarhn Carter in relation to the armed robbery and a number of pursuits throughout the Hamilton, Heywood and Warrnambool areas.

A 29-year-old Warrnambool woman has been charged with being an accessory to armed robbery and a 26-year-old Warrnambool man has also been charged in relation to the alleged armed robbery with armed robbery, theft and aggravated burglary.

The pair has been remanded in custody and will face Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court on November 29.

Anyone who sees Keiarhn Carter or has information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or they can file a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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