An Indian national who has been on the run for years after pleading guilty to killing a Melbourne teen while drunk and speeding has been arrested in India.
Puneet Puneet, who’s now 24, was last year made the subject of a $100,000 reward after skipping out on a sentencing hearing for culpable driving in 2009.
The hospitality student was drunk and driving at high speeds when 19-year-old Dean Hofstee was killed and 20-year-old Clancy Coker was seriously injured in a fatal collision in Southbank on October 1, 2008.
In 2009, Puneet used a friend’s passport to fly back to his home country after entering the plea.
Victoria Police on Saturday said Puneet had been arrested by Indian police on Friday at the request of Australian authorities.
He appeared in a local court and was remanded in custody.
It will be up to Indian authorities to determine whether Puneet should be extradited to Australia, according to Victoria Police.