Man charged following alleged carjacking – Lake Macquarie PD

A man has been charged following an investigation into an alleged carjacking in the Lake Macquarie area yesterday.

Just before 2.30pm (Sunday 19 November 2023), police were called to Groves Road, Bennetts Green, following reports of a carjacking.

Police were told a man allegedly got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked on Groves Road, before driving away towards the Pacific Highway, with a one-year-old child asleep in the backseat.

The man stopped the vehicle in a carpark on Groves Road before getting out of the car and running across the Pacific Highway.

The child was not injured.

Following extensive inquiries, officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District arrested a 27-year-old man at a home on Cherry Street, Windale, about 3pm today (Monday 20 November 2023).

He was taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with unlawfully take/drive motor vehicle with person in/on it, take & drive conveyance without consent of owner, and learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester.

The man was refused bail to appear before Belmont Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 21 November 2023).

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