Three men charged after Empire Bay Rd car chase

Three men have been charged after a police pursuit and crash on the coast.

At about 3:30pm on Saturday, August 22, officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attempted to stop a Volkswagen Golf on Bundaleer Crs, Empire Bay, after checks revealed it was reported stolen from Lisarow a day earlier.

When the Volkswagen allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated and as it continued, a marked police vehicle was allegedly rammed.

Shortly after the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns, the Volkswagen and a MG A251 collided on Empire Bay Drive.

The Volkswagen driver, a 31-year-old man, and his passengers, two men – aged 27 and 21 – were arrested at the scene.

The passengers were taken to Gosford Police Station; however, the driver suffered facial injuries and was taken to Gosford Hospital under police guard.

The driver and sole occupant of the MG, a 71-year-old man, suffered an arm injury and was also taken to Gosford Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Officers from Brisbane Water Police District attended, before an investigation commenced by the Crash Investigation Unit.

The two passengers were charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

They were both refused bail and appeared at Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday, August 23, where they were formally refused bail to reappear at Gosford Local Court.

Upon his release from hospital, the 31-year-old man was taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with 10 offences including: Drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, police pursuit, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, negligent driving (x2), not give particulars to other driver, aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm escaping pursuit, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle.

He was bail refused to front Gosford Local Court.

Press release, Aug 23
NSW Police Media