Police arrest three over serious crash injuring police officer – Monaro

Two people will be extradited, and police will apply for the extradition of a third person from the ACT, after being arrested over a crash that left a policeman with serious head injuries in the state’s Monaro region almost two months ago.

About 8.20pm on Monday 30 August 2021, officers from Monaro Police District were in pursuit of a confirmed stolen utility on the Monaro Highway, Nimmitabel, about 2km outside of Cooma.

The ute stopped, and the driver got out of the car and fled, pursued by police on foot.

The man was seen getting into an Audi which has driven off, allegedly colliding with the officer.

The constable suffered serious head injuries and was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Officers from Monaro Police District established Strike Force Varga to investigate the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, a 30-year-old man was arrested outside on Knowles Place, Canberra just after 9.30am today (Thursday 21 October 2021).

Monaro Police – with the assistance of ACT Police – then executed two search warrants at addresses in the ACT.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at a unit on Novar Street, Yarralumla, ACT, about 10.20am and shortly after, a woman, aged 43, was arrested at a home in Gerogery Place, O’Malley, ACT.

During a search of the properties, officers seized bank cards, electronic devices and clothing relevant to the investigation.

The trio were taken to Canberra City Police Station, before appearing in ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday 21 October 2021), where detectives applied for their extradition to NSW, where charges are expected to be laid.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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