A MANHUNT has been sparked in Moree after a man allegedly fled a courtroom and caught a taxi, leaving officers in his wake.
Michael Pitt was arrested last Friday and fronted Moree Local Court on Saturday about 11.30am, accused of breaching his Supreme Court bail.
When Pitt was refused bail, after fresh offences were laid, he allegedly jumped over the dock and escaped from Corrective Services officers, who gave chase on foot before one officer was injured.
Pitt managed to evade officers by catching a taxi from outside the court.
He then fled when it pulled over in the Wilga Pl area of Moree.
A police search was launched immediately but there have been no confirmed sightings of Pitt since.
Police say Pitt is known to frequent the Moree area but haven’t ruled out the possibility he could be headed to Waterloo, Daceyville, Mt Druitt or Lismore – areas he’s been known to visit.
Moree police remained tight-lipped about the incident when contacted by The Leader yesterday, only referring to a media statement which had been released.
Neither police nor Corrective Services could reveal what charges Pitt was facing.
A Corrective Services spokesman said a female officer sustained minor injuries that required medical treatment as a result of the pursuit.
The spokesman said Corrective Services would be looking into the incident and police were investigating.
Pitt is described as Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander in appearance with a medium build.
He’s about 170-175cm tall with a black goatee, moustache and has acne scars on his face.
But police warn that Pitt should not be approached.
Instead, members of the public should call triple-0 or Moree police on 6757 0799.