30 May 2024

Teen charged with more than 20 offences following police pursuit

| Zoe Cartwright
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An 18-year-old man has been charged with more than 20 offences after a police pursuit ended in Balgownie on Wednesday. Photo: Region Illawarra.

A teen was charged with more than 20 offences after a car pursuit in the Illawarra, and NSW Police allege he was involved in break and enters and car thefts across the Wollongong, Lake Illawarra and Hume Police Districts.

At about 3 am on Wednesday (29 May), police were called to a home in Lombard Avenue, Fairy Meadow, following reports of a man trespassing.

A NSW Police spokesperson said officers attached to Wollongong Police District attended and found a man in a Mazda 3 sedan which had been reported as stolen.

When police attempted to approach the vehicle the man allegedly drove off.

“Officers attempted to stop the car, however when it failed to respond, a pursuit was initiated,” the NSW Police spokesperson said.

“The vehicle continued towards Balgownie, before it hit a gutter and came to a stop on Russell Street, Balgownie.

“The 18-year-old male driver was arrested at the scene and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with 24 offences.”

The charges included police pursuit, dangerous driving, two counts of never licensed person driving on the road, breaking, entering and stealing (less than $60,000), breaking and entering a dwelling with intent, two counts of aggravated breaking and entering to commit a serious indictable offence, two counts of aggravated breaking and entering and committing a serious indictable offence, two counts of taking and driving a vehicle without consent, two counts of destroying or damaging property, entering a building or land without consent to commit and indictable offence, two counts of larceny, three counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception, not giving particulars to other driver and disobeying a left turn only sign.

The man appeared in Wollongong Court on Wednesday (29 May), where he was refused bail, and is scheduled to reappear in the same court on Wednesday (5 June).

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