On this day …….. 3rd of October 1962

ESCAPEES CAUGHT AFTER CAR CHASE 

Two prisoners Robert Leslie Dennis aged 26, and Donald John McCumber aged 29, escaped from the Geelong Gaol on the 3rd of October 1962.   After steeling a car in Swanston st, Geelong they headed north to the boarder.

An intensive hunt was made for them throughout South-West N.S.W. after sightings of the men crossing the border near Swan Hill were reported.  The two men had stolen cars in Moulamein, Goolgowi and Griffith in their attempt to escape the police and road blocks.  The escapees gave them selves up on the 4th of October after a 160 Km an hour car chase in which Constables West and Hunt fired shots into the fugitive car.  Two shots hit the back of the car and another smashed the rear window. The two men were unarmed when arrested.  Denis and McCumber were tired in the Griffith court and found guilty of being four days on the run.  Both men where returned to Geelong Gaol.

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