Police charge man after attempting to evade police at Merrylands

Strike Force Raptor have charged a man with traffic-related offences after allegedly attempting to evade police at Merrylands last month.

In October this year, the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor commenced a high-visibility police operation across south west Sydney to disrupt and suppress acts of violence following recent conflict and criminal activity, including public place shootings.

As part of ongoing suppression activity, officers attached to the Strike Force Raptor Highway were conducting proactive patrols at Merrylands, when they attempted to stop the driver of a blue Toyota Hilux at Irrigation Road for the purpose of a random breath test, about 12.30pm on Tuesday 10 November 2020.

It will be alleged the driver accelerated from police, reaching speeds of 80km/hr in a signposted 50km/hr zone, before stopping outside a nearby home.

The 29-year-old man was arrested and taken to Granville Police Station, where he was charged with drive while licence application refused, Class A motor vehicle exceed speed more than 10 km/h (estimated), not give left change of direction signal with lights and park vehicle crosses space markings.

The Merrylands man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court today (Tuesday 1 December 2020).

High-visibility operations across south west Sydney by Strike Force Raptor are continuing.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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