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Dangerous Jail Escapee Is Still On The Run In Victoria

Authorities are still searching for a jail escapee in Victoria.

A young man serving time for firearms offences is still on the run after walking out of a Victorian juvenile jail and into a waiting ute.

Lachlan Mitchell, 20, was serving a 12-month sentence for serious driving and firearm offences when he left the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre about 2pm on Tuesday.

He got into a black ute that was waiting for him outside bearing South Australian number plate XAA230.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman on Wednesday said they were still looking for him and did not believe he had left the state.

Mitchell, originally from Warrnambool, was arrested in September after the stolen car he was travelling in crashed into a B-Double tanker in Camperdown.

He was on the run from police at the time, wanted in the wake of a series of armed robberies.

The Warrnambool Standard reported he suffered a broken leg and arm in that crash and was taken to hospital under police guard.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman, on Wednesday, said there would be a "full review of the incident".

He also said reports Mitchell had left in a wheelchair were incorrect.

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre is a minimum security prison for inmates aged between 16 and 23. It is one of two youth justice centres in Victoria.

Mitchell is described as having blue eyes and short hair, wearing black shorts, white runners, a grey t-shirt and black jumper.


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