Man arrested at gunpoint after driving wrong way down Sydney highway: police

Police allege Mr Ventura is also linked to an earlier incident, at about 8am on Friday, where a worksite manager was threatened with what appeared to be a gun after he confronted a man who was changing a number plate on a car.

«Investigations revealed the man also spoke with a woman who was known to him in Florida Street, Sylvania, causing her to be concerned for her safety,» police said.

«Inquiries to locate the man culminated around 6pm (on Friday) when officers from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command located a man driving a vehicle who had earlier been reported to them as allegedly being armed with a machete and with access to a firearm.»

Police started pursuing the orange Holden Trax when it was spotted near Southgate Shopping Centre in Sylvania and failed to stop.

After the pursuits were called off for safety reasons, police allegedly saw the car driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the Princes Highway.

The car and the police car were then involved in a crash, leaving the officers with minor injuries.

Witnesses at the scene took photos and videos of the dramatic arrest that followed, including an officer attempting to smash the windscreen of the car with a baton.

A photo posted online showed the driver pinned to the ground with a gun held to the side of his head by a police officer.

«The male and female constables, although injured in the collision, ran to the Trax to check on the driver’s condition and make an arrest,» police said in a statement.

«The male refused to comply and was removed from the vehicle and arrested at gun point.»

Police said the injured officers were taken to hospital and have since been discharged.

Mr Ventura was also taken to hospital for assessment, before being released and charged.

He will face Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

Police have urged anyone with dash cam footage or images of the incident to contact Sutherland Police.

Georgina Mitchell is a court reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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