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Sebastopol man arrested after burglaries, pursuit & crash

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Wendouree and is being questioned by police after a car and foot pursuit which ended in Forest St just before 10am. 

The Sebastopol man was driving a stolen Holden ute which collided with a mini-bus on Howitt Street carrying 9 people - many of them with special needs.

Police say none of the people in the van have been seriusly injured but paramedics have confirmed 2 people have been taken to St John of God hospital in a stable condition. 

The 27-year-old is the fourth person to be arreted over a series of alleged aggravated burglaries in Hoppers Criossing and Wyndhamvale on Wednesday July 31.

Two other men and a woman were charged by Wyndham Crime Investigation Unit detectives last week and appeared in court on Thursday August 1:

** A 22 year old Ballarat man was charged with 22 offences including aggravated home invasion, aggravated burglary, theft from a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, obtaining property by deception, criminal damage by fire (arson) and reckless conduct endangering life;

** An 18-year-old Linton man was charged with 7 offences including theft of a motor vehicle, reckless conduct endangering life, driving in a dangerous manner, speeding and unlicenced driving;

** and an 18-year-old Sebastopol woman was charged with 3 offences including theft of a motor vehicle and handling stolen goods.

Witnesses reported seeing the blue ute driving erratically in Sebastopol and in Doveton St this morning.

Here's how the drama unfolded for some of our listeners.. 

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Images: Matt