Arrest after pursuit

A 28-year-old Sale man has been arrested and charged following a police pursuit on Saturday.

Police attempted to intercept a black Toyota sports coupe in Dawson St, Sale around 10am on Saturday morning.

The driver of the vehicle was wanted for questioning in relation to other matters.

The vehicle failed to stop and police engaged in a pursuit.

The pursuit travelled east on Dawson St then left into Somerton Park Rd, where it continued north.

The pursuit was subsequently terminated by police in Hagans Rd, Airly, to avoid an increased risk to the community and members involved.

The man was interviewed by Wellington Highway Patrol and charged with various offences, including reckless conduct endangering life, disqualified driving, unregistered motor vehicle, evading police and exceeding the speed limit.

Police allege the man drove at a top speed of 180km/h in a 100km/h zone.

He was bailed to appear at Sale Magistrates’ Court on October 6.

The vehicle was located at a Maffra address and impounded under Hoon Legislation.

Eastern region division six traffic advisor acting senior sergeant Luke Banwell said dangerous or negligent driving while being pursued by police carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years.

“Driving a motor vehicle after being directed to stop by police holds a maximum term of imprisonment of six months on first conviction and 12 months on any subsequent conviction,” he said.

“This is not to mention the substantial monetary fines and loss of licence ramifications.

“Ultimately, if you’re being signalled to stop by the police you must stop.

“Legislation has been developed to impose serious consequences for those who put the community at risk by trying to evade police.”