NSW police charge three after pursuit, crash

Three men have been charged after a police pursuit and crash on the Central Coast yesterday.

About 3.30pm (Saturday 22 August 2020), officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attempted to stop a Volkswagen Golf on Bundaleer Crescent, Empire Bay, after checks revealed it was reported stolen from Lisarow on Friday (21 August 2020).

When the Volkswagen allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated and as it continued, a marked police vehicle was allegedly rammed.

Shortly after the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns, the Volkswagen and a MG A251 collided on Empire Bay Drive.

The Volkswagen driver, a 31-year-old man, and his passengers, two men – aged 27 and 21 – were arrested at the scene. The passengers were taken to Gosford Police Station; however, the driver suffered facial injuries and was taken to Gosford Hospital under police guard.

The driver and sole occupant of the MG, a 71-year-old man, suffered an arm injury and was also taken to Gosford Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Officers from Brisbane Water Police District attended, before an investigation commenced by the Crash Investigation Unit.

The two passengers were charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

They were both refused bail and appeared at Newcastle Bail Court today (Sunday 23 August 2020), where they were formally refused bail to reappear at Gosford Local Court tomorrow (Monday 24 August 2020).

About 2pm today, the 31-year-old man was released from hospital and taken to Gosford Police Station.

He was charged with 10 offences including drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, police pursuit, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, negligent driving (x2), not give particulars to other driver, aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm- escaping pursuit, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle.

The man from The Entrance was refused bail to appear at Gosford Local Court tomorrow.

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