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Couple charged following pursuit with police - Southern Tablelands

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:34:27 AM

A man and woman have been charged following a pursuit with police yesterday at Marulan in the state’s Southern Tablelands.

Just before 8am (Monday 10 July 2017), Traffic and Highway Patrol officers noticed a Holden Calais sedan allegedly travelling in excess of 200km/h on the Hume Highway near the intersection of Munro Road.

Police located the vehicle after the driver attempted to evade police and entered a service station at Marulan.

The driver failed to obey police direction to stop and left the service station driving onto the incorrect side of the Hume Highway, narrowly missing an oncoming car. Police did not initiate a pursuit at this stage due to the imposing danger.

A short time later police located the same vehicle travelling west on Marulan South Road. Upon noticing police the car allegedly did a u-turn and travelled in the opposite direction to evade police, reaching up to speeds of 160km/h in the 80km/h sign posted area.

The driver lost control of the car and it left the roadway hitting a fence. Police arrested a male driver and his female passenger. The pair was not injured and they were searched and a number of items were located. The man was taken to Goulburn Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The 22-year-old man was charged with exceed two counts of exceed speed limit – over 45km/h, two counts of police pursuit (Skye’s Law), drive in a manner dangerous, expired licence – less than two years, driver use mobile phone when not permitted, not obey direction of police, three counts of possess prohibited drug, supply indictable quantity of prohibited drug, possess prescribed restricted substance, possess equipment for administration of prohibited drug and breach of bail.

He was refused bail and will appear in Goulburn Local Court today.

The 21-year-old woman was charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug, possess a knife in a public place and a warrant. She was refused bail and appeared in Goulburn Local Court yesterday (Monday 10 July 2017), where she pleaded guilty and was fined $1950.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said it is poor driver behaviour that is sadly costing lives on our roads.

“With the road toll at 195, it is a clear lack of personal responsibility on the part of some drivers that put the lives of drivers, their passengers and other road users at great risk," said Assistant Commissioner Smith.

"Road users showing poor driver behaviour will be prosecuted and taken off our roads.

"While the driver and passenger in this incident get to go home to their loved ones, sadly many others don’t," said Assistant Commissioner Smith.