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Woonona arrests after stolen vehicle pursuit

THREE men have been charged following a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle through Bellambi and Woonona yesterday.

A white Audi Q7, suspected stolen, was spotted by Wollongong Highway Patrol travelling on Waley Crescent, Bellambi, about 3.50pm on Friday November 6, when a pursuit was initiated.

The Audi travelled north on Morgan Place before allegedly driving on the shared pedestrian path and cycleway. The pursuit was terminated for safety reasons. No one was injured.

A short time later, the Audi was located abandoned on Pendlebury Parade, Woonona, and a perimeter was established.

The driver, a 19-year-old man, was found in the backyard of a home on John Cawley Crescent. Upon searching him, police allegedly located four grams of cannabis.

One passenger, an 18-year-old man, was found at a bus stop at the corner of Lighthouse Drive and Pendlebury Parade. Upon searching the man, police allegedly located a number of ID cards and a knife.

The second passenger, a 19-year-old man, was found trying to hide on Lighthorse Drive.

All three men were arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station.

The driver, from Caves Beach, was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, never licensed person drive vehicle on road, possess prohibited drug, and take and drive conveyance without consent of owner.

The 18-year-old, from Young, was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (not motor vehicle), and custody of knife in public place.

The second passenger, from Towradgi, was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

The driver and 18-year-old passenger were refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Saturday November 7).

The 19-year-old passenger was granted conditional bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday December 8.


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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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