Man charged following alleged pursuit at storage facility - Wollongong

Friday, 28 October 2022 04:19:17 PM

A man appeared in court today charged with 10 offences following a pursuit with police at Wollongong yesterday.

Just after 2pm (Thursday 27 October 2022), officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District and the Lake Illawarra Traffic and Highway Patrol attempted to stop a BMW within a storage facility at Warrawong.

When officers approached the vehicle, the BMW reversed through the complex before losing control and impacting with a number of pillars.

The BMW then drove towards an exit, and allegedly deliberately struck an unmarked police vehicle, injuring the officer driving.

The driver fled into the storage facility, pursued by police. The 35-year-old man was arrested following a struggle and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.

During a search of the BMW, officers located an electronic stun device.

A search warrant was subsequently executed in a storage shed, where officers located two replica firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, prohibited drugs, and property believed to be stolen.

The Mount Warrigal man was charged with

*drive motor vehicle during disqualification period,

*police pursuit

*use of offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention,

*destroy or damage property,

*possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit,

*possess unauthorised firearm (x2),

*possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, and

*possess prohibited drug (x2)

He appeared at Wollongong Local Court today (Friday 28 October 2022), where he was formally refused bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday 1 November 2022.

The injured officer sustained minor injuries.

Inquiries continue.