A man has been charged with a string of offences including a police pursuit in Sydney’s south-west earlier today.
About 4.20am (Tuesday 26 January 2021), police from Traffic South detected a Mitsubishi Lancer travelling north on Belmore Road, Riverwood at an alleged speed of 160kph in a signposted 50kph zone.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it failed to stop. A pursuit was initiated as the vehicle turned into the westbound lanes of the M5.
Officers will allege in court that the vehicle reached speeds of 200kph before it ran a red light at the intersection of the Hume Highway, Casula, where it hit a median strip and sustained damage to the steering.
The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns, and the Lancer, which was confirmed stolen, was found not far from the crash site.
The driver, a 24-year-old man, was located nearby and arrested. He was tested for alcohol and drug use, which allegedly provided a positive result for methamphetamine.
The Lancer was searched, and officers allegedly found an amount of stolen property. Further checks revealed the vehicle was stolen during an aggravated break and enter at a home in Peakhurst earlier that day.
The man was taken to Liverpool Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter, police pursuit, unlicensed driver never held (2nd offence), exceed speed more than 45kph, drive in manner/speed dangerous, aggravated commit serious indictable offence – burnout people there, take and drive conveyance without consent, never licensed person drive vehicle on road – prior offence.
He was refused bail and will appear in Liverpool Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 27 January 2021).