Bertrand says wife OK after carjacking

, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- America's Cup winner John Bertrand said his wife escaped with bruises following an alleged carjacking in the southern city of Melbourne late Saturday.

Bertrand, who was skipper of Australia II when it won the 1983 America's Cup and became the first non-American yacht to claim the biggest prize in sailing, said his wife, Rasa, was bruised attempting to stop a youth from stealing their silver Porsche.

"She is fine, thank you," Bertrand said Sunday.

Bertrand said Rasa tried to gain control of the steering wheel and couldn't remember how she ended up out of the car and on the side of the West Gate Freeway near Port Melbourne, the Australian Associated Press reported Sunday.

Police spokeswoman Val Ellis said police pursued the car for an hour at speeds sometimes exceeding 160 km/h.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested after the Porsche stopped in a trailer park. It had allegedly been involved in collisions with five vehicles.


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