A 20-YEAR-old Maffra man has been charged with theft of motor vehicle and evade police following a pursuit on the Princes and Monash freeways this morning involving a milk tanker on Saturday morning.
Investigators have been told that the milk tanker was allegedly stolen from a business premises in Fulton Rd, Maffra by the Maffra man and a 60-year-old man from Traralgon.
Police initiated the pursuit of the stolen milk tanker loaded with 22,000 litres of milk, in Sale about 4am Saturday.
The pursuit continued for just under two hours and ended when the truck came to a stop on the Police Rd off ramp at Noble Park.
The use of stop sticks, to puncture the truck’s tyres failed to stop the tanker at Nar Nar Goon and police again used them at Police Road on the Monash Freeway.
The pursuit continued for just under two hours and ended when the truck came to a stop on the Police Road off ramp.
The vehicle had a number of blown tyres.
Police said the 60-year-old man suffered a broken hip when he was pulled from the truck after it had stopped.
He was receiving treatment in Dandenong Hospital and was expected to be questioned by police over the next few days.
The Maffra man was also charged with reckless conduct endangering life, theft of 22,000 litres of milk, fail to stop and other traffic offences.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 20 August.