Escapees in 300km chase

TWO prison escapees led police on a 300-kilometre chase in a stolen four-wheel-drive through southern NSW yesterday.The men were forced to drive the last 100 kilometres along rural highways with the four-wheel-drive running on two bare rims after the tyres were shredded by road spikes.The early morning chase along the Olympic Way, the Sturt and Hume highways and through towns including Wagga Wagga and Junee ended after three hours when police recaptured Adon Burns, 24, and Stephen Fenwick, 18.The red four-wheel-drive had become bogged in a muddy field while trying to make a U-turn on the Olympic Way near Junee at 8am.Police said the pair had been on the run after being reported missing on Friday night from Mannus Correctional Centre, a minimum-security prison farm near Tumbarumba, near the Victorian border.Burns was due to be paroled on October 19. He had been sentenced to serve a minimum nine months of a two-year jail term for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.Fenwick was due out on April 12 next year. He had been sentenced to a minimum 12 months of an 18-month sentence for stealing and driving while disqualified.Police first spotted the pair in the stolen vehicle in Common Street, Junee, at 5.01am yesterday. A highway patrol vehicle from Wagga Wagga joined a general duties car in the chase along the Olympic Way.”The officers chased the vehicle to Coolamon, then to Wagga, then to Tarcutta and then to Junee,” a police spokesman said.”Other police deployed spikes across the road at Alfredtown but the vehicle continued despite damage to one tyre. A further set of spikes was again deployed at Brucedale but the vehicle kept going and was running on two rims.”Police will allege during the pursuit speeds reached about 130km/h in the 110km/h zone.”He said there was little traffic on the roads.After the vehicle became bogged, the inmates tried to flee on foot but were quickly captured.The two men were taken to Wagga Wagga police station and charged last night with escaping lawful custody and stealing a motor vehicle. They are expected to face further traffic-related charges.
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