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Firearm located in vehicle after crash; man charged - Long Jetty

Thursday, 19 August 2021 10:37:28 AM

A man has been charged after a firearm was located in a vehicle following a crash on the Central Coast.

About 10.50pm yesterday (Wednesday 18 August 2021), officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District located a Hino Truck laying on its side after colliding with a power pole on The Entrance Road at Long Jetty.

Officers observed a male attempting to smash the windscreen and re-enter the vehicle.

Police spoke with a 21-year-old man, who allegedly became argumentative with officers before he was arrested and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory testing.

Fire and Rescue NSW crews attended and established a perimeter due to live power lines impacted by the crash, with Ausgrid crews attending a short time later and isolating the power on the affected lines.

Once the scene was rendered safe, officers conducted a search of the vehicle where they located and seized a loaded firearm, drug paraphernalia and a mobile phone.

The man was later taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with drive whilst disqualified, negligent driving and possess unauthorised firearm, as well as a breach of the Public Health Order.

He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court today (Thursday 19 August 2021).

Inquiries are continuing.

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.