Further images released as investigations continue into serious crash at Cooma, NSW

Investigators have released additional images as inquiries continue into a crash that left a policeman with serious head injuries in the state’s Southern Region last month.

About 8.20pm on Monday 30 August 2021, officers from Monaro Police District were in pursuit of a confirmed stolen utility on the Monaro Highway, Nimmitabel, about 10km outside of Cooma.

The ute stopped, and the driver got out of the car and started to run. The police officers also stopped, and the male officer got out of the car and commenced a foot pursuit.

The man was seen getting into a white Audi two-door sedan which has then collided with the policeman.

The Constable suffered serious head injuries and was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Officers from Monaro Police District have since established Strike Force Varga to investigate the incident.

As part of inquiries, investigators established the Audi stopped at a service station on Lanyon Drive, Queanbeyan, about 11.30am on Sunday 29 August 2021.

The Audi – reportedly stolen from Bowes Street, Phillip, ACT – has since been recovered after being located burnt out in the ACT on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Investigators have now released images of a man and woman who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man depicted is described as being Caucasian in appearance with brown hair. He is shown wearing a black and orange hi-vis hooded jumper, black pants and light-coloured Adidas sneakers. He was also wearing a red cap and a black face mask.

The woman is described as having long dark hair and is shown wearing a black ‘North Face’ shirt and a ring on her left middle finger.

Anyone with information, or who recognises the man or woman in the images is urged to call officers at Monaro Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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