A 37-year-old Berowra man has been charged following a pursuit with police in Sydney’s inner-west yesterday.
Around 2.00pm (Monday 6 January 2020), officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting stationary speed enforcement, as part of Operation Interceptor, when they observed a black Kia Rio travelling in excess of the 50km per hour speed limit.
Officers stopped the vehicle and asked the driver for a current licence. The man has allegedly accelerated away from police and a pursuit was initiated.
The car travelled through Annandale, Stanmore, Newtown and Petersham allegedly hitting three parked cars. Despite suffering significant damage, the car continued, and the police pursuit was terminated for safety reasons.
The man was located a short time later in Marrickville where he was arrested and submitted to alcohol and drug testing where he returned an initial positive test for drugs.
Police searched the car and seized drugs, money and drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with Class A motor vehicle exceed speed > 10 km/h, police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, not obey direction of police/authorised person, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, three counts of negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm) (x3), drive while licence cancelled, not give particulars to other driver, possess prohibited drug (x2), possess/attempt to prescribed restricted substance and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (x2).
He was refused bail and is due to appear before Newtown Court today (Tuesday 7 January 2020).
Operation Interceptor is a high visibility traffic operation focused within the central metropolitan area, conducted by officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command with assistance from various Police Area Commands.