Cop chase revenge robber arrested
Jason Herbert, arrested in Queensland. Picture: Channel 10

A fugitive armed robber who police feared was headed to WA to avenge his brother's death has been arrested in Queensland.

Jason Robert Herbert, 40, was released on parole last month after serving eight years of a 15-year sentence in NSW for armed robbery and grievous bodily harm.

He fled his Newcastle home detention two weeks later, sparking fears for two WA police officers involved in the pursuit that led to his brother's death in 2009.

It is understood Herbert was wearing an electronic monitoring device around his ankle and simply cut it off.

But yesterday, a NSW police spokesman said Herbert had been taken into custody in Queensland for "numerous outstanding matters".

He said it was undecided whether Herbert would be extradited.

The arrest eased concerns for the two WA officers who pursued Herbert's brother in December 2009.

Troy Matthew Herbert was killed when he crashed his motorcycle in Wattle Grove after a chase that reportedly reached speeds of 200km/h. His death was one of four high-speed chase fatalities examined by State Coroner Alastair Hope in 2010.

The inquest was told two traffic officers patrolling Perth's eastern suburbs noticed a Kawasaki motorcycle did not have a rear mudguard.

The police car reached up to 200km/h in a 60km/h zone before the chase was aborted.

The officers were told twice to abort the pursuit before they found the motorcycle had crashed on Crystal Brook Road near Welshpool Road in Wattle Grove.

At the time of Jason Herbert's escape, NSW police officer Tony Shields said he believed the man was on his way to WA. "We're concerned for the welfare of the police in WA and certainly this man is considered dangerous," he said.

A WA Police spokesman confirmed steps had been taken to protect the officers.

The fugitive's mother, Ruth, last month made an impassioned plea in _The West Australian _for her son to give himself up and not do anything stupid. "Jason, if you are hearing this or read it in the paper, please, please contact me. I need to talk to you. Please don't do anything stupid," Mrs Herbert, of Maddington, said.

"You can see your brother, I promise you that. I will take you there and Jason, you just need to get in contact with me, love.

"I know you are on your way here, I just need you to phone me."

with AAP

The West Australian

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