Two carjackers plead guilty to five charges between them

A COUPLE of carjackers who robbed a woman of a black BMW at gunpoint during a protracted police car chase along the F3 freeway have pleaded guilty to five charges between them.

Amanda Kim Collins, 24, and Nathan Paton, 25, both of Queensland, were allegedly driving a stolen blue Ford Falcon sedan when they were spotted by highway patrol on the morning of December 15.

After confirming it was a stolen vehicle, police began following the Falcon in an unmarked highway patrol car.

The pair accelerated after spotting a second police car and drove at speeds of up to 160 kmh, according to a police statement of facts tendered in court, aspects of which are in dispute.

At the intersection of the F3 Freeway and John Renshaw Drive, Beresfield, the Falcon, being driven by Mr Paton, slammed into a red Alfa Romeo in front of a truck.

Witnesses say Mr Paton was holding a black pistol which he waved at the driver of the Alfa, a truck driver, and at two women sitting in a BMW.

After two hours and 163km they were stopped by police in Broke.

Ms Collins has pleaded guilty to stealing the black BMW while armed with a black pistol, while Mr Paton has pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon, two counts of police pursuit/drive recklessly, and armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Both will appear in the Newcastle District Court later this month for sentence.

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