Police charge man after pursuit at Lake Illawarra 27 January

A man has been charged with multiple driving offences, including drink driving, following a pursuit through the Lake Illawarra area yesterday.

About 8am (Thursday 26 January 2023), officers from Lake Illawarra Police District were conducting stationary random breath testing when they directed the driver of a BMW 120i to pull over on King Street, Warrawong.

When the driver allegedly failed to stop when directed, a pursuit was initiated before being terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

Officers attached to Traffic South then saw the vehicle on Military Road, Port Kembla, and the driver again allegedly failed to stop as directed.

A second pursuit commenced, and continued through Port Kembla, where the driver allegedly travelled at 130km/h in a 60km/h sign-posted area and went through a red light.

The pursuit was again terminated for safety reasons.

The vehicle was found abandoned on Cowper Street, Warrawong, soon after, and following a short foot pursuit, police arrested a 45-year-old man on Minnegang Street.

The driver of the BMW allegedly returned a positive breath test. He was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he underwent a secondary breath analysis, which returned an alleged reading of 0.131.

He also allegedly returned a positive detection to methamphetamine, cannabis and cocaine; the results of which will undergo further analysis.

The man was charged with

  • Not obey direction of police/authorised person
  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously
  • Drive with middle range PCA
  • Drive with mid-range PCA and illicit drug – second offence

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Kiama Local Court on Monday 6 March 2023.

His licence was also suspended.

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