19 February 2024

Alleged police chase near Batemans Bay ends in crash before driver tries to run

| Albert McKnight
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A 30-year-old man will face court after he was charged over an alleged police chase at Batemans Bay. Photo: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force.

It is alleged a high-speed police chase ended in a crash on the NSW South Coast, after which the driver tried to escape on foot before he was arrested.

NSW Police said highway patrol officers were on Beach Road in Batemans Bay when they allegedly spotted a speeding Toyota hatchback around 10 pm on Sunday (18 February).

Shortly afterwards, the officers found the hatchback on the nearby Glenella Road, but its driver allegedly failed to stop for them and sped off during a pursuit onto the Princes Highway, reaching speeds of 115 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

The driver then allegedly failed to negotiate a bend and crashed into a metal barrier on the highway about 800 metres south of Lattas Point Road. The hatchback then slid down the road and hit a concrete dividing barrier.

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The alleged driver tried to flee the scene before he was arrested.

The 30-year-old man was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station and charged with police pursuit and hindering or resisting an officer in execution of their duty.

He was refused bail and was scheduled to face the Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday (19 February).

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