A car stolen from right under its owner's nose was taken on an epic joyride, spanning two states and about 1200 kilometres, with the car-jacker even stopping to pick up three un-suspecting hitchhikers from the NSW north coast.
A 24-year-old Queensland man allegedly stole the Toyota Camry from a service station in Brisbane on Tuesday night, while the owner was cleaning the windscreen.
That began a joyride of roughly 14 hours from the very north of the Queensland capital, right down to Yass.
The driver managed to evade police until 1.50pm Wednesday, when Goulburn Police pulled him over on the Hume Highway at Manton for a random breath test.
Police arrested the driver and three passengers, who were taken to Yass Police Station. But police soon discovered the passengers had been picked up as hitchhikers near Ballina on the NSW north coast. They were released without charge.
The driver, also from Brisbane, was charged with possessing property stolen outside the state. He was refused bail in Goulburn Local Court on Monday. He was expected to be extradited back to Queensland later that day, where he was allegedly wanted for another robbery offence.