28 November 2022

Driver in Mercedes coupe leads police on chase from Yass to Wagga

| Kim Treasure
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A man who led police on a 170km chase from Yass to the Riverina is due to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today charged with more than half a dozen driving offences.

About 6:30 pm (Sunday 27 November 2022), a man entered a grocery store on East Street at Murrumbateman and allegedly stole a case of beer before leaving in a Mercedes C180 Coupe.

Police were notified and a short time later officers attached to The Hume Highway Patrol saw the vehicle travelling south on the Hume Highway at Yass.

Officers signalled for the driver to stop, however, he failed to do so, and they initiated a pursuit which lasted about 170km.

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The vehicle was stopped on Docker Street at Wagga after the man allegedly failed to pay for fuel at a nearby service station, and the driver was arrested.

The 55-year-old man allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test.

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where he was subject to a secondary breath analysis reading, allegedly returning a reading of 0.040.

He was charged with eight offences:

  • Shoplifting,
  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly,
  • Not stop vehicle when directed to do so,
  • Negligent driving (no death or grievous bodily harm),
  • Class A motor vehicle exceed speed,
  • Driver consume alcohol while driving,
  • Dishonestly obtain property by deception, and
  • Licence expired less than two years before – first offence.

He was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today, Monday 28 November 2022.

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