Public appeal after high risk driving event in Lynbrook

Officers from the Cardinia Highway Patrol are appealing for public assistance to help identify several people after a police vehicle was damaged during a high risk driving event in Lynbrook last week.

The incident occurred on Business Park Drive and Commercial Drive about 11pm on Tuesday, 11 May.

The highway patrol officers were out patrolling as part of Operation Achilles when they observed a 2002 Holden Commodore allegedly perform burnouts next to a group of onlookers.

Police attempted to intercept the Holden, but the driver allegedly drove off at speed.

A number of onlookers then advanced towards the police car and stood in front of the vehicle, intentionally blocking its path.

They also obstructed police and kicked out at the police car causing damage before running from the scene.

Officers then observed a motorcyclist travelling on the wrong side of the South Gippsland Highway.

The rider attempted to perform burnouts in front of oncoming traffic and refused to stop for police, taking off at speed along the highway.

With assistance from the police Air Wing, officers on the ground then located the Holden that had driven off from police and arrested two men.

A 22-year-old Drouin man has been charged with ten offences including reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, drive vehicle causing loss of traction, fail to stop on police direction and drive at a speed dangerous.

His vehicle was seized and an application for forfeiture will be made at court.

He was bailed to appear before Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 1 July.

A 23-year-old Doveton man was released pending further enquiries.

The investigation remains ongoing and investigators are hoping to identify the onlookers who obstructed police and the rider of motorcycle.

Police have today released images of several men and a woman, and a motorcyclist who they believe can assist with their investigation.

One man was wearing a black zip-up jacket with KSCY along the left sleeve and a dark-coloured baseball cap with a white motif.

The motorcyclist is believed to be riding an orange and white Honda motorbike and was wearing a black jumper with a white motif on the back, light-coloured pants, black shoes and a white and black helmet.

Anyone who recognises the people or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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