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Man arrested at Fairy Meadow after police chase

Police Breath TestA MAN has been arrested at Fairy Meadow and later charged after jumping into the ocean following a police pursuit at Wollongong earlier in the week.

About 8:15pm, on Friday, police were patrolling Corrimal Street when they attempted to stop a red Toyota Tarago. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. A short time later the man ran from the vehicle and jumped into the ocean near Cliff Drive.

A large scale search was conducted for the man involving the use of police as well as Water Police, the Police Rescue Squad and an Ambulance Helicopter, however, the man was not found. The search continued yesterday morning with further resources including the police helicopter and volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES).

As a result of information received, police went to premises in Daisy Street, Fairy Meadow where they found and arrested the man. The 35-year-old was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit-not stop (Skye’s Law), driving while disqualified, using an uninsured and unregistered vehicle, failing to stop after a collision and breach of bail.

He was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Sunday).

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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