Aman whocommandeereda boat on the Hopkins River has been remanded in custody and will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police are calling for witnesses who may have seen the man, who was believed to be heavily drug affected,driving before the river incident on Friday night.

Sergeant Kim Wheeler fromWarrnambool police said anyone who saw a blue Ford XR6 sedan with no number plates driving south along the Hopkins Highway outside Warrnambool was urged to contact the station.

“Police observed the car near North Warrnambool Football Club at Bushfield,” Sergeant Wheeler said.

“The vehicle was travelling south before going east along Wangoom Road and then turned right, travelling along Aberline Road.”

She said police attempted to intercept the vehicle but it failed to pull over. Police lost sight of the car along Aberline Road.

“The driver of the vehicle was then located near Proudfoot’s on the Hopkins River,” Sergeant Wheeler said.“He was remanded in custody and will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court.”

Detective Senior Constable Danny Wright said at the time of the incident on the river the man hadcommandeered a boat and police were negotiating with him to return to the shore.

The vehicle was later found to be stolen and police believe the man was heavily drug affected.

Anyone who saw the car driving shouldcontact Warrnambool police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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