Monthly Archives: February 2016



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Man charged following alleged stabbing – Mayfield East

A man has been charged following an alleged domestic-related stabbing at Mayfield East yesterday.

Just before 12.30pm (Sunday 28 February 2016), officers from Newcastle City Local Area Command were called to a house on Margaret Street following reports that a man had been stabbed.

A 34-year-old man was found with a puncture wound to his chest.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and taken to John Hunter Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A 59-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with malicious wounding.

He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Monday 29 February 2016).

Drink-driving P-plater charged following high-speed police pursuit – Goulburn

A 20-year-old man has had his car seized, his licence suspended and will face court on numerous charges after leading police on a pursuit while under the influence of alcohol.

Around 3am today (Sunday 28 February 2016), police observed a red Holden Commodore ute travelling at high speeds on Crookwell Road, Goulburn.

The speed of the car was checked and found to be travelling at 203km/h in a 100km/h zone.

Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attempted to stop the vehicle; when the driver failed to do so, a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle made a high-speed right turn into Chinamans Lane, and when police followed a short time later they found the vehicle had crashed into a dirt embankment. The driver had fled the vehicle on foot but was arrested by officers after they found him hiding in a nearby paddock a short time later.

The man, a P2 Licence holder, was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where a breath analysis revealed he had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.124; the legal limit for P-platers is zero.

The 20-year-old was subsequently charged with:

– Police pursuit (Skye’s Law);

– Mid-range drink-driving; and,

– Exceed speed limit by more than 45km/h.

His car was confiscated for a period of three months, and his license was suspended with immediate effect.

Conditionally bailed, he is due before Goulburn Local Court on 22 March 2016.

Police investigate fatal crash – Belmont

A report will be prepared for the Coroner after the death of a man in a crash north of Sydney.

About 9.40am today (Sunday 28 February 2016), a Toyota Avalon travelling north on the Pacific Highway, Belmont, attempted to turn right into an access road.

As the vehicle turned right, it collided with a southbound motorcycle, causing the rider to be thrown to the road.

Police and Ambulance Paramedics attended and the 36-year-old male rider of the motorcycle was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he died a short time later.

The 86-year-old man driving the Avalon was taken to Belmont Hospital for a mandatory blood and urine sample.

Police from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command are conducting inquiries into the crash.

Man killed after being thrown from motorbike – Holbrook

A man has died and a woman is in hospital after a motorbike crash in NSW’s Riverina.

The 65-year-old man suffered serious injuries after he was thrown from his motorbike on the Hume Highway, about 20 kilometres from Holbrook, on Friday afternoon, police said.

He was airlifted to Canberra Hospital but died en route.

His passenger, a 56-year-old woman, suffered multiple fractures and was also flown to hospital.

Critical incident team to investigate crash – Windale, Lake Macquarie

A critical incident investigation has been launched following a crash at Windale, near Lake Macquarie overnight.

About 12am (Sunday 28 February 2016), police from Lake Macquarie Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attempted to stop a blue Holden Commodore in Gateshead.

The Holden failed to stop and a short time later crashed into a power pole on Willandra Crescent, Windale and caught fire.

A male passenger was released from the car before the fire was extinguished.

The driver was trapped in the Holden for sometime before being released.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.

A critical incident team from Newcastle City Local Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident and will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone who can assist should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Woman charged following pursuit – Kurri Kurri

A woman has been charged after a police pursuit in the Hunter Valley during which a police vehicle was allegedly rammed.

About 4.40pm yesterday (Friday 26 February 2016), police were patrolling Leggetts Drive, Pelaw Main, when they detected a Hyundai Elantra with expired registration travelling north.

Police turned around and tried to pull the vehicle over, but it continued driving and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued through Kurri Kurri, before the vehicle turned into a bush track off Embelton Road. The vehicle came to a stop due to the road being blocked by logs.

Police attempted to open the driver’s door, at which time the driver allegedly reversed the vehicle into the front of the highway patrol car.

The 24-year-old female driver was then removed from the vehicle and arrested. When she was searched police allegedly located a small amount of cannabis in her pocket.

Inquiries also revealed she is disqualified from driving until 2017.

The woman was taken to Kurri Kurri Hospital where blood and urine sample were obtained.

She was then taken to Maitland Police Station where she was charged with drive while disqualified, drive unregistered/uninsured vehicle, drive under the influence of alcohol/drug, possess prohibited drug, drive at a speed/manner dangerous, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, exceed speed by over 45km/h and destroy or damage property.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Maitland Local Court on 24 March 2016.

Police uncover 70g of ‘ice’, 200g of marijuana and gun in car after crash – Tarcutta

A man has been charged after police discovered drugs and a gun in his car after it crashed on the Hume Highway in Tarcutta.

About 8pm on Wednesday, a Toyota Camry sedan was being driven south on the Hume Highway by a 21-year-old man.

The vehicle collided with a guardrail at an intersection about 10km south of Tarcutta. A search of the car revealed 70 grams of the drug “ice”, about 200 grams of cannabis and a shortened .22 rifle.

Man charged with drug and firearm possession – Wagga Wagga

A man has been charged after police allegedly discovered an amount of drugs and a firearm in his vehicle that crashed on the Hume Highway in Tarcutta yesterday.

About 8pm (Wednesday 24 February 2016) a Toyota Camry sedan was being driven south on the Hume Highway by a 21-year-old man.

The vehicle collided with a guardrail at the intersection of Keajura Road about 10km south of Tarcutta.

Police were called and located the vehicle and the alleged driver.

It’s alleged that a search of the vehicle revealed 70gms of the drug known as ‘Ice’, about 200gms of cannabis, and a shortened .22 rifle.

The man was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where he was charged with a number of offences including drug supply and possession, possess unauthorised prohibited firearm and other firearm related offences, and negligent driving.

He was refused bail and will next appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on 20 April 2016.

Man dies and woman injured after motorcycle crash near Holbrook

A report will be prepared for the Coroner following a fatal crash in the state’s Riverina today.

About 2.50pm (Friday 26 February 2016), emergency services responded to reports of a motorcycle crash on the Hume Highway, about 20km north of Holbrook.

The 65-year-old male rider was thrown from the bike. He sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital, however, died on route.

His pillion passenger, a 56-year-old woman, was also thrown from the bike. She sustained multiple fractures and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital.

The Hume Highway was closed to southbound traffic for six hours while police from Albury Local Area Command investigated the incident.