By Tui Benjamin
This dramatic dash cam footage shows a ‘Middle Eastern’ thief who stole a $230,000 luxury Audi at gunpoint during a test drive leading police on a 33-mile high speed chase.
Cops in Sydney, Australia, have been hunting the thief – who met the supercar’s owner for a test drive before holding him up with a handgun and stealing the vehicle – since last night (WEDS).
The owner, a 30-year-old man from Balgowlah, Sydney, had advertised the distinctive black and white high performance car for $230,000 online before meeting who he believed was a prospective buyer for a test drive at a service station at 6pm yesterday.
But when the pair began driving, the passenger pulled out a handgun and hit the man over the head with it, cutting him above his left eye, before forcing him from the vehicle and fleeing.
Police chased the car for approximately 33 miles at speeds of up to 75mph with the driver speeding through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel twice and across the city’s northern suburbs before giving officers the slip.
New South Wales Police – who were forced to abandon the chase numerous times after a police car was rammed and several other vehicles crashed into – recovered the car in Auburn, a suburb 14 miles out of Sydney, this afternoon (THURS) but have still not found the driver.
Retail worker Beau Driessen, 26, captured the supercar weaving in and out of three lanes of traffic during the chase at 6pm last night and claims the car almost crashed into him on a bridge.
Beau, from the Northern Beaches, said: “This Audi came flying up behind me and nearly hit me as the road merged into one lane.
“After we crossed the bridge it undertook me and immediately sped off. When I eventually caught up with him at some lights I noticed all the traffic police, he went into a back street and fled.
“He must have been going at up to 75mph in a 50mph zone. He could have killed someone very easily, and he is still on the run.
“At the time I just assumed it was a dangerous driver – but when I saw all the police I realised it must have been something a lot bigger than I had first thought. Then later when I heard about the stolen Audi I realised it had to be the same car.”
The thief is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance and of a thin build, and is believed to be aged in his early 20s.
Police said the man’s hair is shaved at the sides and long on top and at the time he was wearing a long black leather jacket, black shirt and trousers and white trainers.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to a nearby police station after being thrown from the car and treated by paramedics but did not require hospitalisation.
A spokesman for New South Wales Police said: “Due to the high risk behavior of the driver, police were forced to terminate their pursuits several times.
“Several cars were involved in minor collisions with the stolen vehicle, and a police car was rammed.
“This man is armed with a handgun and anyone who sees him or the vehicle should not approach it but should call police immediately.
“Investigations are continuing by officers from the state crime command’s robbery and serious crime squad. No further information is available at this time.”
Separate video footage has emerged of the supercar appearing to ram its way through traffic jams and stationary cars to evade police, smashing into numerous vehicles in the process.