Police are in a stand off with a man behaving erratically in a boat near the mouth of the Hopkins River.UPDATE Saturday 10am: A man 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.

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 on Monday.”

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

Anyone who saw the car driving is urged to contact Warrnambool police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

FRIDAY 8.30pm:Police are attempting to negotiate with a man on a boatbehaving erratically near the mouth of the Hopkins River.

The man, who had been out on the water since about 7.30pm,is in his 30s and is known to police.

“Basically we’re negotiating with him at themoment and we’re trying to get him to come back in and he doesn’t want to come back in,” detective senior constable Danny Wright said.

“He’s commandeered a boat and we’re at a stalemate at the moment.”

More to come.

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