Vic police chase fugitive behind bars

A man has been remanded into custody on 44 charges after two weeks on the run following a car chase in Melbourne in which two police vehicles were rammed.

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Sean Paul Murphy appeared before an out-of-sessions hearing on Friday night charged with 44 offences, including allegations he waved a fake gun at pedestrians during a police chase.

The 26-year-old, who was was arrested earlier on Friday, had been evading authorities since he abandoned his vehicle in Melbourne’s CBD on March 29 following a police chase.

Sergeant Justin Mercovich said Murphy waved what appeared to be a handgun at pedestrians during the police pursuit.

“The accused has brazenly waved an imitation firearm with the intention of invoking fear,” the policeman told the Friday night hearing.

“The accused yelled ‘get out of the f***ing way’ and was waving the gun in an attempt to get people to get out of his way.”

Police began pursuing Murphy’s vehicle after he allegedly drove into their vehicles when they tried to arrest him over suspected drug trafficking.

As Murphy tried to drive off, the officers used a baton to smash Murphy’s windscreen while yelling at him to stop and get out of the vehicle.

Murphy was also pepper-sprayed but managed to drive away.

As police pursued Murphy through the CBD, he allegedly threw fistfuls of cash from his window.

Police say the 26-year-old resisted arrest on Friday morning when officers responded to a tip about a man seen packaging drugs in his car in West Melbourne.

“It took five police members to restrain him,” Sgt Mercovich said.

Murphy, who police have not been able to interview because of his drug-affected state, has been remanded into custody to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.