A woman driving with two children has fought back against an alleged carjacker who jumped in her car while it was stopped in traffic in Melbourne’s north.
The 33-year-old woman was stationary on Coleraine St in Broadmeadows while driving her Toyota Kluger about 5.30pm on Wednesday when a man allegedly opened the rear passenger door of the woman’s car, in which two children, aged 7 and 5, were sitting, and climbed in.
The woman jumped out of the car and ran to the other side of the vehicle to try to pull the man out, but was pushed to the ground.
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He allegedly then climbed over the centre console to get into the driver’s seat and tried to lock the doors.
But the woman got the door open before it was locked and climbed into the front passenger seat as the man started to drive along Pascoe Vale Rd.
Police said the pair struggled for control of the car, before it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and crashed into a railway fence.
Multiple motorists who witnessed the incident rushed to help the woman and the children after the crash.
The alleged offender was detained by the other motorists until police arrived.
Overnight on Wednesday, detectives interviewed an 18-year-old Broadmeadows man and charged him with carjacking, theft of motor vehicle and other offences.
He will front Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.