Charges for man after chase, manhunt in Ballarat East

A MAN has been charged for leading police on a two-hour manhunt in Brown Hill yesterday.

Police were forced to use a canine unit to locate the man who allegedly fled on foot after crashing his car into a parked car inside the Welcome Stranger caravan park about 11.30am. 

Police had earlier called off a pursuit when the man allegedly failed to stop on the Western Freeway.

Becky Noble, from Alaska, was in Ballarat as part of a trip around Australia and said she was inside her cabin at the caravan park when she heard a bang.

Running outside to see what had happened Ms Noble saw a maroon Toyota sedan had smashed into her hire car.

She said it was very frightening to walk out and see the collision, adding that there was already several police on the fugitive’s tail.

Police were quick to block off streets in Brown Hill while focusing their search on houses and backyards in Canterbury Street.

A jumper found in the backyard of a property in Canterbury Street was believed to be the man’s, yet he was later located at a property in Humffray Street about 1pm. 

Police would not disclose the offences the man was charged with last night.

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