Man arrested at Teralba, Lake Macquarie

A man has been arrested after allegedly driving a bulldozer through a house at Teralba, Lake Macquarie, this morning.

About 7.10am (Monday 8 June 2015), officers attached to Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were called to a home on The Weir Road after reports a bulldozer had crushed three parked vehicles at the house.

Investigators have been told a 48-year-old man allegedly drove a bulldozer over the top of three vehicles parked in front of the house, and another that was parked at the side of the property.

The man then allegedly drove the vehicle toward a 29-year-old man who’d been sleeping in a detached garage on the property.

He stopped pursuing the man a short time later and turned the bulldozer toward the house, before continuing over the building until it was allegedly demolished.

A neighbour ran to the property and assisted a 56-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 15 and 20, from the home before it was destroyed.

No one was injured during the incident.

Local police, with assistance from the Dog Unit, utilised OC spray to facilitate the man’s arrest and stop the bulldozer.

He’s since been taken to Charlestown Police Station, where he continues to assist police with their inquiries.

A crime scene has been established at the home and will be examined by forensic specialists.

The 48-year-old man is known to the family and the bulldozer had allegedly been stolen from a plant on Railway Crescent, Teralba, during a separate incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

He was charged with:

– Breach AVO;

– Enter inclosed land premises without lawful excuse;

– Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner;

– Destroy or damage property >$ 5,000 <$15,000 (five counts);

– Destroy or damage property >$15,000;

– Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical (four counts);

– Affray;

– Custody of knife in public place;

– Intimidate police officer in execution of duty; and,

– Destroy/damage property with intent to endanger life.

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