Suspended driver charged after Central Coast pursuit

A suspended driver has been charged after allegedly fleeing into bushland following a police pursuit on the state’s Central Coast yesterday.

About 11.45pm (Friday 18 July 2020), officers attached to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command detected a Ford Kuga allegedly travelling at 72km/h in a marked 50km/h zone on Warnervale Rd, Hamlyn Terrace.

When officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, it allegedly failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued through Tuggerah and Yarramalong, before the car stopped in bushland at Ravensdale Road, Cedar Brush Creek.

The driver fled on foot into nearby bushland.

Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District, with assistance from Police Rescue, the Dog Unit and SES crews commenced a search of the surrounding area, however, the man was not located.

Following further inquiries, the driver, a 22-year-old man was arrested at Wyong Police Station about 2pm today (Saturday 18 July 2020).

He was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive motor vehicle while licence suspended, exceed speed more than 10km/h, and enter inclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse.

The Hamlyn Terrace man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on Monday 27 July 2020.

The passenger, a 20-year-old man, was arrested in the stationary vehicle at Cedar Brush Creek. He was taken to Tuggerah Lakes Police Station; however, he was released pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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