Police have charged a disqualified learner driver following a high speed police pursuit at Gundagai this afternoon, NSW Police say.
About 1.10pm today, officers from Wagga Wagga Highway Patrol were conducting stationary speed enforcement duties on the Hume Highway at Tumbalong.
Police will allege that a white Nissan Pulsar with a red P-plate travelled past them at 118 km/h and they immediately attempted to stop the vehicle.
The Nissan accelerated away from the officers who activated their warning lights and siren, and a pursuit commenced.
Police allege the pursuit continued for 30 kilometres and the Nissan travelled at speeds between 140km/h and 170km/h.
When the vehicle left the Hume Highway at the Muttama Road exit, it failed to negotiate a left hand bend and continued down a grass embankment, before stopping in a paddock.
All five occupants of the vehicle were detained by police – fortunately no one was injured in the incident.
Police determined the 20-year-old female driver held a NSW Learners Licence which was disqualified until March 2017 and the vehicle registration had expired in November 2016.
The woman was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where she was later charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive speed/manner dangerously, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, use unregistered motor vehicle and use uninsured motor vehicle.
She was refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court tomorrow.