A man will appear in court after he drove away from police officers who pursued and caught him on bicycles, in Surry Hills overnight.
About 9.15pm (Friday 22 June 2019), covert police officers were patrolling Crown Street on bicycles when they observed the driver of a white VW Golf acting suspiciously.
After watching the man for a period of time, the officers approached and identified themselves.
The man immediately drove away from the officers, almost striking one of them.
Police will allege the driver continued and ignored a red traffic control light at the intersection with Crown Street and continued east onto Cleveland Street.
When the VW became stopped in traffic near the intersection with Bourke Street, the bicycle officers caught up with the car.
As the officers approached, the VW crossed to the incorrect side of the road and failed to stop at a red traffic control light, where several pedestrians were crossing at the time.
At the intersection with South Dowling Street the driver crossed to the incorrect side of the road, passing at least 15 other vehicles.
When a petrol tanker drove into Cleveland Street the VW turned into a service station and the police officers on bicycles, caught up.
The driver was stopped, removed from the vehicle and arrested. Two mobile phones and a quantity of cash were seized.
The 21-year-old man was later charged at Surry Hills Police Station with drive in a manner dangerous and deal with the proceeds of crime.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 22 June 2019).