Bertrand's wife survives carjacking

Dec. 12, 2004 at 5:52 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The wife of yachting legend John Bertrand escaped a carjacker in Australia but the couple's Porsche did not.

Rasa Bertrand was asleep in the passenger's seat while her husband paid for fuel at a service station in Melbourne Friday night.

A 16-year-old boy opened the driver's door of $150,000 silver Boxster and drove towards the city. Mrs. Bertrand, 57, awoke and struggled with the teenager, managing to escape unhurt.

The teen took the car on a 100-mile-per-hour rampage across the city, leaving a trail of destruction before being caught nearly 90 minutes later.

Mrs. Bertrand was left by the side of a freeway a few hundred yards from the service station.

Her husband, who was skipper of the America's Cup-winning yacht Australia II in 1983, said his wife was fine and did not want to discuss the episode further.

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