Daily Archives: 15/06/2015

We know who you are | Man who fled from police left personal items in his car

A MAN driving an unregistered car with no number plates has led police on a chase across the Hume Highway and through the hills of Wodonga after running from the vehicle.

And following Saturday’s incident, the confident criminal appears to have returned to the Holden utlity and performed burnouts, blowing the rear wheels of the car before again abandoning it.

Police say they know who the 18-year-old Wodonga man is and are confident of catching him.

Officers had tried to stop the blue utility on the Old Barnawartha Road about 4.30pm on Saturday after driving past the car and noticing it had no number plates.

After police performed a U-turn, the man stopped the car and ran from the vehicle down a gully, jumped several fences, crossed train tracks and ran across the northbound and southbound lanes of the Hume Highway.

He continued to run across Plunketts Road and through farm paddocks before disappearing into the hills.

About 10 officers — including police who were called in from Wangaratta — attempted to locate the man, and took part in a search of several sheds on properties on Plunketts Road.

Police spent about two hours searching for the man, who they identified through property inside the dumped vehicle, and made enquiries at his home.

A cooler with alcohol was also found inside the car.

Sergeant Wal Larkin said the man’s actions had been reckless and had escalated what would have been a straightforward traffic stop.

“The whole thing was completely reckless,” he said.

“We know who he is; we identified him through items in the vehicle.

“The vehicle wasn’t stolen.

“It was a straightforward traffic matter which could have escalated into something a lot worse due to his reckless behaviour.

“It could have been horrible.”

Two charged after drugs, knives, gun, and ammunition found in car, near Kurri Kurri

Two men have been charged after police found drugs, knives, a rifle, and ammunition after stopping a car in Pelaw Main, near Kurri Kurri Saturday night.

About 11.15pm (Saturday 13 June 2015), police from Central Hunter Local Area Command were patrolling the Hunter Economic Zone when they stopped a white Nissan Patrol.

Following investigations, police searched the vehicle and allegedly located an amount of drugs believed to be amphetamines, two knives, a rifle, and ammunition.

The items were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.

The driver and passenger, both 29, were arrested and taken to Cessnock Police Station.

The passenger was charged with possess prohibited drug and is due to appear at Kurri Kurri Local Court on Thursday 30 July 2015.

The driver was charged with possess loaded firearm in public place, fire firearm in or near public place, possess ammunition, possess prohibited drug, custody of knife in public place, goods in custody, possess unregistered firearm, possess unauthorised firearm, not keep firearm safely, and receive/dispose of stolen property.

The driver was refused bail and appeared at Maitland Local Court yesterday (Sunday 14 June 2015) where he was granted conditional bail to appear at Kurri Kurri Local Court on Thursday 9 July 2015.

Police investigate fatal crash – Shortland (near Newcastle)

Police from Newcastle Local Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash that occurred in Shortland early today.

About 3.30am (Monday 15 June 2015), emergency services were called to Sandgate Road, near Marion Street following reports of a single car crash.

On arrival officers located a vehicle that had crashed through a school fence and into a tree.

The 41-year-old driver from Wallsend was not able to be revived.

A crime scene has now been established while police conduct a full investigation for the information of the coroner.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area where possible. Local diversions are in place while the investigation continues.