Woman charged following pursuit with unrestrained child in the car, NSW

A woman is due to appear in court today after a police pursuit with an unrestrained child the car in the Illawarra last month, NSW Police say.

About 8.20pm on Tuesday 13 November 2018, officers from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor were patrolling the Princes Motorway, when they attempted to stop a Mercedes Benz AMG near Helensburgh.

The driver initially pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road before taking off at speed.

A pursuit was initiated, with the AMG allegedly reaching speeds of more than 200km/h.

The AMG continued northbound along the Princes Motorway for almost 10km before coming to a stop.

The female driver and male passenger were arrested as they got out of the AMG, and on inspection of the vehicle, officers located an unrestrained child in the backseat.

While the three-year-old girl was physically uninjured, officers were required to assist in calming her from a state of distress.

The man was released, but the 27-year-old woman was taken to Wollongong Police Station, where her licence was suspended.

She was subsequently charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously and exceed speed by more than 45km/h.

The Caringbah woman was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Tuesday 11 December 2018).

Police have reported the incident to Family and Community Services.

Inquiries are continuing.

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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