Man charged over stolen car and warrants in Berkeley

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Police have arrested and charged a man after an incident involving an alleged stolen car near Wollongong this week, NSW Police say.

About 6pm on Tuesday 31 October 2017, officers from Lake Illawarra Target Action Group were patrolling Buena Vista Avenue in Lake Heights, when their police car was nearly hit by a Toyota Hilux utility.

When the officers attempted to stop the driver of the Toyota he allegedly drove away at speed.

Due to several young children and teenagers in the area, a pursuit was not initiated.

Inquiries revealed the Toyota was allegedly stolen from Warrawong earlier in the week.

Following investigations, officers attended a home on Gallop Street, Berkeley about 6.40pm yesterday (Wednesday 1 November 2017).

A 23-year-old man was located inside the roof cavity of the home and allegedly resisted arrest.

He was removed a short time later with the assistance of the Dog Unit.

The man was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with several offences including:

– Drive motor vehicle while disqualified (2nd offence);

– Drive in a manner dangerous;

– Fail to stop;

– Take & drive conveyance without consent of owner;

– Resist officer in execution of duty; and

– Three outstanding warrants (traffic, drugs and steal motor vehicle)

He was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court today (Thursday 2 November 2017).

/Public Release.