Replica gun used to threaten drivers on M1

A 35-year-old man has allegedly threatened numerous drivers with a replica gun on the M1 motorway on November 19.

Around 1:00pm and 2:45pm on Thursday, November 19 a blue 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling on the M1 between Newcastle and Sydney when the passenger, a 35-year-old man, allegedly threatened numerous drivers with a replica firearm by leaning out the passenger window and pointing it at them.

Three separate motorists called Triple Zero to report the incidents, and police from Kuring-Gai Local Area Command pulled the vehicle over on Pennant Hills Rd, Normanhurst.

The 35-year-old male passenger as well as the 36-year-old female driver were arrested and the vehicle was searched. During the search, police allegedly located a replica pistol. Both were taken to Hornsby Police Station.

The man charged with four counts of intimidation and one count of possession of a prohibited pistol. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court on January 6, 2016.

The woman was released without charge. Meanwhile, investigators are appealing for any other motorists who experienced a similar incident to come forward and report it to police. Police suspect there may have been further incidents.

Media release,
Nov 20, 2015
NSW Police Media