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Balgownie teen charged over Kiama caravan park incident

A BALGOWNIE teenager will appear in court later this month after being charged in relation to a crash at a Kiama caravan park which left four people with serious injuries.

About 10.50pm on Saturday, police and other emergency services were called to the park on O’Keefe Place at Kiama following reports a car had crashed into a tent.

Upon arrival, Lake Illawarra police found two adults and two children with serious injuries. They were treated before being taken to hospital for further treatmen. A crime scene was established at the caravan park with officers from the Southern Region Crash Investigation Unit attending.

The 19-year-old Balgownie man was taken to Kiama Police Station for a breath analysis, allegedly returning a PCA of 0.174. His licence was immediately confiscated and suspended and he was released pending further inquiries.

About 4.20pm on Monday the man attended Wollongong Police Station where he was interviewed and later charged with two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and two counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct whilst in charge of motor vehicle. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on September 18.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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