8 June 2022

Man charged with multiple driving offences after allegedly attempting to flee police

| Claire Fenwicke
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Police used stop sticks to puncture the red Holden Commodore’s tyres. Photo: ACT Policing.

A Greenway man has fronted ACT Magistrate Courts today (8 June) accused of fleeing police across the ACT border while under the influence of drugs.

Police said they saw the 33-year-old driving a red Holden Commodore “recklessly” in Theodore at around 7:45 pm last night (7 June).

It’s alleged the man sped off when directed to stop by officers, reaching speeds up to 165 km/h through several Tuggeranong suburbs and crossing the ACT/NSW border.

A short time later, the car was seen driving southbound on the Monaro Highway heading towards Tuggeranong. Police deployed stop sticks, which managed to puncture three of the car’s tyres; however, it’s alleged the driver continued to try to avoid police and crossed onto the wrong side of Tharwa Drive.

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Police said the Commodore eventually stopped on Tom Roberts Avenue in Conder where officers arrested the two occupants as they allegedly attempted to run away on foot.

The 33-year-old driver was charged with driving while disqualified, drug driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, use of an unregistered vehicle, use of an uninsured motor vehicle, using a not properly issued number plate, and breach of parole.

Police have urged anyone with dash-cam footage of a red Holden Commodore being driven recklessly in the Tuggeranong area between 7:30 pm and 8:20 pm to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference number 7129567.

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