Critical incident investigation underway following single vehicle crash - Western Region

Thursday, 18 March 2021 01:14:13 PM

A critical incident investigation has been launched following a crash and police pursuit in the state’s Central West yesterday.

Yesterday (Wednesday 17 March 2021), the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad received information from South Australia Police (SAPOL) that a man wanted in relation to an alleged deliberately lit fire in Adelaide had travelled to NSW.

The matter was referred to the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad who commenced an investigation to locate and arrest the man.

Following inquiries, coordinated in conjunction with SAPOL, Southern Region and Western Region, a black Holden Commodore was identified as a vehicle of interest.

With assistance from Polair, the vehicle was located at a car wash in West Wyalong about 6.20pm.

Officers from Murrumbidgee Police District approached the car before it fled the location, travelling at a high speed along the Newell Highway towards Parkes.

About 7.30pm, officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command commenced a pursuit of the vehicle of interest on the Newell Highway near Parkes.

A short time later, the driver of the black Holden Commodore lost control of the car and collided with a roadside post.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and treated the man at the scene for his injuries before he was airlifted to Westmead Hospital for further treatment.

The man remains in hospital under police guard in a stable condition.

The incident was declared a critical incident and an investigation commenced by a critical incident investigation team from Chifley Police District.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review.