Self-proclaimed BFL member charged after leading police in pursuit, NSW

A self-proclaimed member of Brothers for Life has been charged after an alleged police pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Sydney’s west overnight, NSW Police say.

About 10.40pm (Sunday 9 September 2018), officers from the Criminal Group Squad’s Strike Force Raptor observed a Mazda 3 run a red light at the intersection of Luxford and Popondetta Roads, Emerton.

Police attempted to stop the Mazda, but the driver failed to stop and a police pursuit was initiated. The driver allegedly attempted to evade police and, at times, drove at speed through the local area.

Subsequent checks on the vehicle revealed it had been stolen from Leichhardt on Friday (7 September 2018).

As the Mazda approached St Marys Road from Stoney Creek Road at Berkshire Park, the driver failed to negotiate the bend and crashed into an embankment.

Strike Force Raptor were also assisted by PolAir, who observed the male passenger flee the vehicle into nearby scrub; and with their assistance, the boy – aged 14 – was arrested a short time later.

The driver – a 15-year-old boy – was located sitting in the vehicle and was also arrested.

Both boys were taken to Riverstone Police Station, before the younger boy was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for treatment of methylamphetamine intoxication.

The older boy, who is a self-proclaimed member of Brothers For Life, was charged with police pursuit-not stop-drive recklessly, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, and never licensed person drive vehicle on road-prior offence.

He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court later today (Monday 10 September 2018).

The younger boy will be charged by way of a Future Court Attendance Notice for be carried in conveyance without consent of owner.

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.

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