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Three charged following crash in allegedly stolen car - Lake Illawarra PD

Monday, 29 August 2022 04:07:08 PM

A man and two women have been charged following a crash in an allegedly stolen car in the Lake Illawarra region overnight.

About 1.15am (Monday 29 August 2022), officers attached to Lake Illawarra Highway Patrol were conducting patrols on Coachwood Drive, Unanderra, when they observed a white Toyota Lexus allegedly travelling at 96km/h in a 50km/h sign-posted area.

Soon after, the vehicle lost control and crashed into several parked vehicles on Coachwood Drive; the vehicles were unattended.

The driver, a 30-year-old man, and his two female passengers aged 20 and 26, sustained minor injuries. All three were arrested and taken to Wollongong Hospital as a precaution, under police guard.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police located and seized a quantity of methamphetamine and house breaking implements, as well as mobile phones, wallets and car keys all believed to have been stolen.

The trio has since been released from hospital and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where the man was charged with:

  • Drive conveyance taken without consent of owner,
  • Use Class A vehicle number plate obscured/defaced,
  • Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous,
  • Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period,
  • Possess housebreaking implements,
  • Goods suspected stolen in/on premises (not motor vehicle), and,
  • Driver not disclose identity of driver/passenger as required.

The older woman was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner and two counts of break and enter house.

They were refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Monday 29 August 2022).

The younger woman was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner. She was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 30 August 2022).

It will be alleged the Lexus was stolen from an address on Wellington Drive, Balgownie, on Sunday 21 August 2022.

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.