Charges laid following pursuit with young child in car - Murray River PD

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 01:37:19 PM

A man has been charged following a pursuit with a young child in the car in the state’s south yesterday.

Just before 9am (Tuesday 18 May 2021), officers attached to Murray River Traffic and Highway Patrol Command detected a Toyota sedan on the Hume Highway, north of Holbrook, allegedly travelling 129km/h in a 110km/h zone.

Police stopped the vehicle, however, as they approached, it allegedly drove away and a pursuit commenced.

It’s alleged the vehicle was driven south against northbound traffic at high speeds, before the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.

The car then turned off the highway and into a rural property in the Gerogery area.

Police found the Toyota unattended behind a shed.

A co-ordinated search was conducted by officers from Murray River Police District and Traffic and Highway Patrol – with assistance from Victoria Police Airwing – between the Gerogery and Table Top areas.

The occupants, a 37-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a four-year-old child were located on Knox Road, Table Top.

The Victorian man was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit - not stop drive at speed, class A motor vehicle exceed speed over 45km/h, drive recklessly/furiously or speed manner dangerous, abandon/expose child under seven cause danger/serious injury, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, two counts of contravene AVO, and possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail, to appear at Albury Local Court on Wednesday 14 July 2021.

The Victorian woman was arrested, before being taken to Albury Base Hospital for assessment.

Alternate care arrangements have been made for the child.