DRUG WARRANT FUGITIVE TRIES TO ESCAPE AUSTRALIA ON JET SKI, ARMED WITH CROSSBOW
So this is one of those slightly surprising stories. First off, it’s a fugitive hunt. Second, it’s Down Under in Australia. Third, the fugitive was trying to get out of the country on a jet ski. So fourth? He damn near made it. It’s almost shocking that the Aussies managed to catch him at all. The 57-year-old fugitive was a British man. He was doing his best to escape the country and avoid a warrant for his arrest for drug-related charges. And he damn near made it. But his method of escape was ingenious. He even had a crossbow!
AUSSIES TRACKED FUGITIVE, CAUGHT HIM 2 1/2 MILES FROM FROM ESCAPE
The unidentified man stocked up all the supplies he could possibly need on his jet ski to make good his escape. But it was an ambitious plan. So where was this fugitive trying to get to? Authorities believe it was Papua New Guinea. The Australian Border Force tracked him through the Torres Straight. But they would have been bind without the help of locals. The man made a successful go of roughly 93 miles. But that’s as far as he went when police arrested him. He made it to Saibai Island’s mudflats, which is where they made the bust. But this has to be incredibly frustrating to the running man. That’s because he was only 2 and a half miles from Papua New Guinea’s coastline!
LOCALS HELPED AUTHORITIES TRACK CRYSTAL METH FUGITIVE IN THE WILD
So how did the police get on his track? Someone called them about a man “possibly armed with a crossbow and carrying additional fuel and supplies” who was riding his jet ski away from Pundsand Bay on March 25th. A police spokesman told media, “He gave it a red-hot go. It’s a bit unusual to try and get from Pundsand Bay all the way to PNG. We wouldn’t have gone to this sort of effort if they weren’t significant charges.” Authorities moved the fugitive to Thursday Island. He’ll be there until his extradition back to Western Australia where he will face charges for possession of crystal meth and stolen property.