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Car crashes at Sandon Point beach after police chase

The vehicle was towed away from the scene at Sandon Point, Bulli early this morning

A BULLI man has been charged following a police pursuit that ended in the vehicle he was driving crashing in bushland at Sandon Point in the early hours of this morning.

Wollongong police attempted to stop the white Ford Focus on the Princes Highway, Woonona, for the purpose of a breath test at about 12.20am today (Sunday).

The driver failed to stop for police, with no pursuit initiated.

At 12.30am, the vehicle was again spotted travelling north on the Princes Highway at Bulli.

Wollongong Highway Patrol attempted to stop the Ford Focus, but again the driver failed to stop.

A pursuit was initiated, with the driver turning right on to Point Street, Bulli. When at the end of Point Street, the driver failed to turn right on to Blackall Street. He crashed through log fencing, narrowly missing a large Norfolk Island pine tree.

The vehicle has continued through the beach car park, crashing through the log fence on the other side, travelling through an open grassed area and ending up in scrub near the beach.

The Ford in bushland at Sandon Point
The crashed vehicle at Sandon Point, Bulli

The driver somehow avoided injury and fled from the vehicle. Police from Wollongong Police District, Traffic & Highway Patrol, and South East RES attended and closed down the scene.

The 22-year-old driver later gave himself up to police. He was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he provided a breath test of 0.127. His licence was suspended immediately and he was charged with Drive with Mid Range PCA and Police Pursuit (Skye’s Law). He was issued conditional bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court in the new year.

Whilst Police from Wollongong Highway Patrol were waiting for the crashed Ford to be towed from Sandon Point, a silver Ford Falcon entered the car park at 2.20am, with the driver and occupants curious about what had happened.

The vehicle was driven by a 18 year old man from South Western Sydney, the holder of a CP1 Provisional driver licence, containing four 15 year old girls as passengers.

The driver provided a positive breath test. He was arrested and taken to Corrimal Police Station where he provided an breath analysis of 0.030. His licence was suspended, and he was issued with infringement notices for Special Range PCA, and P1 driver under 25 years old drive between 11pm and 5am with more than one passenger under 21 years.

Wollongong police assisted in taking the four 15 year old girls back to their parents’ home in South Western Sydney.


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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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