Man arrested after early morning pursuit

Release Date: Thursday, November 22 2012, 09:36 AM

A 30-year-old Kambah man was arrested following a police pursuit, which ended when his vehicle collided with a police vehicle on Northbourne Avenue this morning (Thursday, November 22).

Around 4am, a Belconnen patrol attended Thynne Street, Bruce in response to reports of men breaking into vehicles. On arrival, police saw two vehicles, a white Toyota Vienta and a blue Ford Falcon speeding away. Police attempted a traffic stop on the Toyota Vienta, however the male driver failed to stop, and a pursuit commenced.

Police pursued the vehicle through Bruce and Lyneham before turning onto Northbourne Avenue, where the vehicle drove onto the footpath and started to slow down.

In anticipation of the driver stopping and fleeing on foot, police positioned their vehicle outside the Canberra Visitors Centre on Northbourne Avenue ahead of the Toyota Vienta.

The driver failed to stop and collided with the police vehicle. The driver fled on foot, and was arrested by police on Northbourne Avenue after a short foot pursuit. Police searched the man and located seven clip seal bags, which contained a white coloured crystalline substance, suspected to be Methylamphetamine.

He was taken to the ACT Watch House, and is expected to be charged with traffic offences, including stealing a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and possess drug of dependence. He is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court later today.

The passenger in the police vehicle was taken to The Canberra Hospital for observation. Both the male driver and the driver of the police vehicle received treatment for minor injuries by ACT Ambulance Service at the scene.

The pursuit lasted approximately three minutes, and reached a maximum speed of 143km/h in a 80km/h zone.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) is investigating with, as per standard procedure, oversight provided by the AFP’s Professional Standards unit.

Any witnesses to either the pursuit or the collision early this morning, who are yet to speak to police, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.