Man in court after pursuit, loaded firearm located at Port Kembla

A man has been charged after a police pursuit, allegedly with a loaded firearm in the vehicle, in the Lake Illawarra region yesterday.

About 12.20pm (Saturday 5 September 2020), a white Toyota Rav4 was involved in a police pursuit in Ropes Crossing after being detected allegedly travelling at 158kmph in a sign posted 70kmph zone on Forrester Road.

The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.

About 2pm the same day, the Toyota was observed on Horne Street, Port Kembla, and a second pursuit was initiated by officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District. It was later terminated.

Police conducted a search on Horne Street and located a loaded, shortened .22 rifle, allegedly thrown from the Toyota during the earlier pursuit.

A short time later, a 21-year-old man was arrested at a fast food restaurant on Northcliffe Drive, Warrawong.

About 3pm, the Toyota was located a short distance away.

The man, from Mount Warrigal, was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he was charged with 12 offences including:

  • Drive motor vehicle while licence suspended (x3)
  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly
  • Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous
  • Possess loaded firearm public place
  • Possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority
  • Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority
  • Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit
  • Acquire etc firearm – subject to prohibition order
  • Acquire etc ammunition subject to prohibition order
  • Use prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order

He was refused bail and appeared at Wollongong Local Court today (Sunday 6 September 2020), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court tomorrow (Monday 7 September 2020).

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