Manhunt continues, two men charged following pursuit in separate incident
A manhunt is still underway for a man who escaped from a minimum-security correctional facility in the region.
Selim Sensoy, age 44, was reported missing from the facility on Gwydir Highway, Glen Innes, about 12pm on Saturday.
Police have been told he was last seen at 10am that day.
Officers from New England Police District were notified and commenced inquiries to locate him.
It was initially believed Sensoy may have stolen a red Subaru WRX from a Glen Innes home after his escape; however, following further inquiries, it was determined he was not involved.
The driver of the Subaru allegedly failed to stop for officers patrolling Edward Street, Moree, just before 11am, and a pursuit was initiated.
It was terminated a short time later due to the dangerous manner of driving.
Following extensive inquiries, with the assistance of PolAir and the Dog Unit, the Subaru was located on the northern bank of the Gwydir River, and two men – aged 44 and 50 – were arrested.
The men were taken to Moree Police Station, where the older man was charged with three outstanding warrants and the younger man was charged with multiple traffic offences.
The pair were refused bail to appear before Moree Local Court on Monday.
A large-scale search to locate Sensoy is continuing and police are urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
He is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, between 175-185cm tall, with a medium build, brown eyes and grey hair.
He was last seen wearing prison greens; however, it’s not known whether he has since changed clothes.