A Wodonga man charged after allegedly engaging in a police pursuit with a 10-month-old in the backseat of a car has failed to front court, with his lawyer stating his client was too injured to attend.
Luke Teahu Robin, 25, was due to front Moorabbin Magistrates Court on Thursday after he was arrested by members of the Special Operations Group on the Hume Highway near Donnybrook, north of Melbourne, about 6pm Tuesday.
The hunt for Mr Robin had begun in Mentone six hours earlier.
On Thursday the court heard Mr Robin suffered from schizophrenia and was facing 12 charges, including recklessly causing injury and failing to stop for police.
‘‘There is the diagnosis of schizophrenia and a number of meds [medications] currently prescribed for that,’’ his lawyer said.
‘‘There are also the physical issues your honour.’’
The court heard the injuries related to Mr Robin’s right hand and wrist, face and elbow.
Mr Robin is also facing charges including unlawful assault by kicking a pregnant woman to the stomach, making threats to kill, traveling at an excessive speed with a baby on board and dangerous driving.
Mr Robin made no application for bail before magistrate Thomas Barrett and was remanded to reappear in court next month.
Earlier, police said the accused had fled a property in Mentone with an infant in an aqua-green Toyota Yaris sedan, sparking a major manhunt across Melbourne’s southeast on Tuesday.
They said the vehicle was later seen zigzagging in and out of traffic at high speed on the Monash Freeway.
The baby was later found safe and well.
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