Unlicensed driver to face court after driving at police, failing to stop

Lachlan Roberts 17 June 2019

A 23-year-old Florey man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today after allegedly driving at police in a menacing fashion, driving on the wrong side of the road and failing to stop for police during an erratic incident on Sunday morning (16 June).

Around 10 am, police were called to Parkwood Road in west Belconnen following reports of two vehicles doing burnouts and causing minor damage to another vehicle.

Police allege they saw a blue Lexus IS200 and a blue Ford Falcon driving erratically on Parkwood Road and when directed to stop, both drivers ignored the direction and accelerated towards Southern Cross Drive.

During this time, police allege that both vehicles were driven directly at police in a menacing fashion, and that the Lexus was also driven on the wrong side of the road.

A short time later, the 23-year-old driver of the Lexus was arrested after he collided with another vehicle at the corner of John Cleland Crescent and Tattersall Crescent, Florey. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries in the collision.

The man has been charged with a range of driving offences, including failing to stop for police, unlicensed driving, aggravated dangerous driving, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Officer in Charge of Gungahlin Police Station, Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said incidents like this have the potential to end in tragedy.

“This driver is extremely lucky that they haven’t seriously injured someone through their thoughtless and reckless behaviour,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.

“When you drive in a dangerous manner, you put lives at risk, plain and simple, and police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour on our roads.”

Anyone who may have information that could assist police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6407241. Information can be provided anonymously.

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