Carjack, stab case put off

A MAN from Orange charged over the stabbing of a police officer after a high speed pursuit in October, yesterday had nine charges against him adjourned until March 3.

Ethan Beckett, 20, appeared in Albury Local Court via a video link from Long Bay Jail.

Director of Public Prosecutions representative Andrew Hanshaw sought an adjournment so further evidence could be served on Beckett’s legal representatives.

Mr Hanshaw said the charges started with an alleged carjacking in Orange and ended with Beckett’s arrest in Albury.

Crime scene evidence and DNA reports are still pending, and magistrate Tony Murray ordered them to be served by February 25.

The DPP is appearing in four charges of attempted murder, two counts of robbery armed with an offensive weapon and causing grievous bodily harm to a law enforcement officer.

Police allege Beckett was involved in two knife-point carjackings in Orange and Wagga before a pursuit from Henty to Lavington.

He allegedly reached speeds over 180km/h and police attempted to use road spikes.

Beckett managed to evade them at the intersection of the Hume Freeway and Olympic Way.

He turned off the Hume Freeway into Lavington and abandoned the car in Boomerang Drive.

A highway patrol officer later confronted Beckett and attempted to arrest him, but was allegedly stabbed in the arm.

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