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Man charged following theft of motor scooter - Newtown

Thursday, 10 June 2021 07:58:36 AM

A man has been charged with assault and traffic related offences after allegedly stealing a food delivery rider’s motor scooter in the inner city overnight.

About 12.10am today (Thursday 10 June 2021), police were called to King Street, Newtown, after a report a food delivery rider had been assaulted and his motor scooter had been stolen.

Officers from Inner West Police Area Command attended and commenced an investigation.

Police were told that a 44-year-old food delivery rider had parked his scooter on King Street when he was approach by an unknown man, who allegedly pushed his chest and punched the rider in the head, before taking the scooter.

The rider was not injured.

A short time later, officers observed the scooter on Mechanic Street, Newtown, with the rider not wearing a helmet. Officers attempted to stop the scooter before it stopped at the intersection of Mary Street and Lennox Street.

Police arrested a 28-year-old man who underwent a roadside breath test which returned a positive result. He was taken to Newtown Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis which returned and alleged reading of 0.140.

Checks revealed the man’s license was suspended.

The man was charged with common assault, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, motor bike rider (alone) not wear/secure fit approved helmet, not comply with direction given by police officer, drive motor vehicle while licence suspended second offence and drive with middle range PCA second offence.

He was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court today (Thursday 10 June 2021).