Police feared a man who kidnapped his daughter and drove at high speeds with her unrestrained on his lap was going to repeat the actions of Arthur Freeman and throw the little girl off the West Gate Bridge.
In a case similar to that of Darcey Freeman, who was killed when her father threw her off the West Gate Bridge in 2009, the father in this case was involved in a nasty custody dispute.
Darcey Freeman was thrown from the West Gate Bridge in 2009 by her father. Image via Ten.
The Herald Sun reports that the man, who faced court yesterday, pleaded guilty to breaching a family violence intervention order, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, dangerous driving and kidnap.
In June he confronted his former partner at the school drop-off around 9am. He physically assaulted her before grabbing his youngest daughter, aged just three, from her arms before running off with their her and driving away in his car.
The little girl was unrestrained in her father's lap as he drove at high speeds away from the school.
At 9.33am the court heard the man phoned his former partner and threatened to kill himself and their three-year-old daughter.
Police tracked the father's phone. Via Vic Police.
Police were forced to face the chilling realisation that they could be facing another Arthur Freeman situation, as they feared he was driving to the West Gate Bridge to throw his daughter and himself off.
Using real-time technology, officers then tracked the man's phone as it automatically transmitted to phone towers - for two hours he drove, before, after 11am police were able to get close enough.