Police charge two over drug and property offences in South Coast

A man and woman have been charged over alleged drug and property offences on the state’s South Coast.

About 11am yesterday (Thursday 14 October 2021), officers attached to Batemans Bay Highway Patrol were conducting stationary speed enforcement on George Bass Drive, Moruya, when a Holden Commodore was allegedly detected travelling at more than 100km/h in an 80km/h signposted area.

The vehicle allegedly reached speeds of up to 150km/h, before the car was abandoned at a hotel on the Princes Highway, Moruya, and driver fled the area on foot.

Officers located him a short time later inside a nearby shopping centre.

During a search of the Commodore, police seized methylamphetamine (ice), cannabis, and cash suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

Checks revealed the driver – a 33-year-old man – was disqualified from driving until 2023.

He was subsequently arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station, where he allegedly returned a positive oral fluid test, which will undergo further analysis.

The man was charged with 13 offences:

  • drive motor vehicle during disqualification period – second offence,
  • drive vehicle, illicit drug present in blood etc – second offence,
  • class A motor vehicle exceed speed (x2),
  • drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous- second offence,
  • deal with property proceeds of crime,
  • supply prohibited drug,
  • possess prohibited drug (x2),
  • possess housebreaking implements,
  • goods suspected stolen in/on premises,
  • possess/attempt to, prescribed restricted substance, and,
  • larceny

He was refused bail to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court today (Friday 15 October 2021).

While police were conducting inquiries at the Princes Highway at Moruya, officers located and recovered a stolen white Toyota Prado.

Following further investigations – with assistance from the Batemans Bay Proactive Crime Team and detectives, police attended a hotel room at the Princes Highway and arrested a 24-year-old woman.

During a search of the room, officers seized house breaking implements, tools, electronic devices, cannabis and prescription drugs.

The woman was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station where she was charged with 15 offences, including;

  • goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (x2),
  • enter vehicle without consent of owner (x5),
  • larceny (x6),
  • take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, and,
  • possess housebreaking implements.

She was also refused bail to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court today (Friday 15 October 2021).

The man and woman are known to each other.

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