Arrest and impound under Operation Achilles

Police have charged a man and impounded his car following an investigation into an illegal hoon driving event in Truganina last month as part of the state-wide Operation Achilles.

The charges follow an alleged illegal hoon meet that took place in Permas Way, Truganina on 17 July where a group of spectators watched on as cars performed burnouts on the road.

Police officers executed a search warrant in Cobblebank last night and arrested a 26-year-old from Melton South.

A Holden Commodore sedan was seized along with phones and electrical equipment.

The man was charged with multiple counts of reckless conduct endangering persons, drive in a manner dangerous, careless driving, unlicensed driving and using an unregistered vehicle.

He was remanded overnight to appear before Sunshine Magistrates’ Court today.

The arrest was part of Operation Achilles, a state-wide operation targeting hooning and other instances of intentional high-risk driving.

The investigation into the illegal hoon meet remains ongoing and anyone with information is urged to report this to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Quotes attributable to S/Sgt Dean Pickering

“Police are actively targeting people engaging in hoon type driving, particularly occurring in industrial areas across north and north-western suburbs including Truganina, Ravenhall, Campbellfield, Tullamarine and Thomastown.

These events usually involve large groups of spectators standing on the road watching others doing burnouts. The risk of these cars losing control and colliding with ‘spectators’ is very real and may result in serious injury or worse.

Operation Achilles will continue to target and hold these offenders to account. Members will target those that organise these events, participate in these events and also people who attend to watch these events.”

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