Police charge man after ramming police vehicle in Padstow

A man has been charged after allegedly ramming a police vehicle at Padstow yesterday.

Just after 4.30pm (Tuesday 21 July 2020), officers from Bankstown Traffic and Highway Patrol were patrolling the Padstow area when they saw a Nissan Patrol utility travelling northbound on Davies Road, allegedly driving over the median strip and in the southbound lanes.

Officers stopped the Nissan near the intersection of Watson Road and without warning it reversed, colliding with the front of the police vehicle before driving away.

A pursuit was initiated and continued for a short distance before the Nissan stopped near the intersection of Bryant Street and again allegedly reversed into the front of the police vehicle.

The Nissan drove away, and the pursuit was terminated.

Following a public appeal, an off-duty police officer reported seeing a Nissan Patrol utility travelling north on the Pacific Highway at Gordon, just after 9.30am today (Wednesday 22 July 2020), before turning right into Mona Vale Road.

Officers from Kuring-Gai Traffic and Highway Patrol attended and attempted to stop the Nissan near the intersection of Killeaton Street, St Ives.

The Nissan failed to stop and approached the intersection of Woodbury Road, where traffic was stopped at a red light. The Nissan allegedly mounted the kerb and drove along the footpath before being stopped on Woodbury Road by police.

The driver and sole occupant, a 48-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Hornsby Police Station.

He has been charged with use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, owner not disclose identity of driver/passenger, two counts of drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive on path, and not comply with direction given by police officer.

The Iluka man has been granted conditional bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

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