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).