A man has been charged over a five-hour police chase with a toddler on board.

The chase began about 11am on Golf Links Drive in Watanobbi, after reports of sightings of a man wanted on several outstanding warrants, 9 NEWS reports.

The 40-year-old suspect allegedly fled police in a truck.

Officers realised there was a child in the flat-bed truck, and pulled back on the chase as the PolAir helicopter tracked the vehicle.

The truck is believed to have run out of petrol and came to a halt on Colechin St in Yagoona, where the suspect was surrounded and arrested by police.

The two-year-old boy was not injured during the chase and was taken to Bankstown Hospital as a precaution.

The man was wanted on three serious warrants, including breaching of Supreme Court bail for firearms and weapons offences, and possession of weapons in a public place.

He has been charged with two outstanding warrants for assault and firearm offences, three counts of using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, police pursuit (not stop/drive recklessly), using an unregistered vehicle, driving a vehicle with a suspended licence, two counts of not giving particulars to other driver, two counts of destroying or damaging property, and driving with a child not restrained.

He is assisting police with inquiries and has been refused bail to appear to Bankstown Local Court today.

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  • Thank goodness the child was unharmed


  • The police appear to have handled this well.


  • How stupid can people be?? Seriously! Glad it all ended without anyone injured


  • Unbelievable! For 5 hours and a toddler in the car?

    • I wonder if the toddler was properly restrained. May be another charge or two to add for that. I wonder if there is a law re. endangering life. I am glad the Police slowed down and let Polair do the search so other Police could be put on alert in different areas. 5 hours is a long time to have a baby, toddler or older child in a vehicle without at least one stop.


  • Lucky the child is now safe and thank god the police slowed the chase down after seeing the baby,it could have been alot worse.


  • So glad there were no injuries to the poor child. I can’t believe anyone could put a kid through that.


  • So glad this chase ended without injury to the child or bystanders.


  • this story just makes me shake my head.


  • Stupid People – who should not have kids either!!


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