Learner Driver Charged After Pursuit At Woy Woy

A male learner driver will face children’s court after a police pursuit across the Central Coast overnight.

Officers attached to Brisbane Water Police District were patrolling around Erina Avenue, Woy Woy, about 10.30pm (Friday 14 June 2024), when they stopped a silver sedan.

The driver allegedly refused to provide his licence and drove off, a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle was followed through Fitzroy Street to Brisbane Avenue where the vehicle stopped. During the pursuit two police vehicles were allegedly rammed.

Officers attempted to arrest the driver; however, a struggle ensured during which a Taser and OC spray were deployed to effect his arrest.

The 17-year-old boy allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test before being taken to Gosford Police Station where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.020 while Learner drivers are subject to zero blood alcohol limits.

Police will allege a white powder was found when the vehicle was searched as well as drug paraphernalia including scales.

The teen has been charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, two counts of use etc offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, special category driver drive with special range PCA, learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester, supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and learner driver not display “L” plates as prescribed.

He appears before court and was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Friday (21 June 2024).

A police officer was treated for cuts and bruising by NSW Ambulance paramedics after being thrown to the ground when his vehicle was allegedly rammed.

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. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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