A man and woman have been charged with numerous offences following a high-speed police pursuit through Taree and a search involving the dog squad and police helicopter yesterday, Thursday, April 15.
Police say at about 11am yesterday officers attached to Manning Great Lakes Police District saw a 38-year-old woman from Burnt Bridge (near Kempsey) and a man in a vehicle at a restaurant on Manning River Drive, Taree north.
Both were known to police and were wanted for several offences.
Police will alleged that while attempting to arrest the pair while they were inside the vehicle, the man told the woman to "drive, floor it, floor it."
Police say the woman accelerated harshly, and a pursuit was then initiated by the officers.
It is alleged while the offending vehicle was driving towards Taree, both offenders swapped positions in the car, with the man becoming the driver and the woman becoming the passenger.
The vehicle allegedly reached speeds of 140kph in a 50kph area.
Police say the driver stopped in Deakin Crescent and fled the scene while the woman was immediately arrested.
The man allegedly hid from police in nearby properties.
The dog squad and police airwing helicopter were called to assist with the search and it is alleged the man was found hiding behind a curtain while holding a pair of scissors.
The man was arrested and taken to Taree Police Station where he and the woman were charged with numerous offences including Skye's Law, resisting arrest, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, two first instance warrants in relation to an alleged armed robbery of a woman in Kempsey, assault and drug offences.
Other offences allegedly committed in the Taree and Forster areas are being investigated, with the possibility of further charges pending.
Both were refused bail to face Taree Local Court on Friday, April 16.
About Skye's Law
Skye's Law is an informal name for the Crimes Amendment (Police Pursuits) Act 2010 of New South Wales. It is named after the 19-month old toddler Skye Sassine, who was killed on December 31, 2009 when her family's car was hit by a driver suspected of armed robbery who was trying to evade police. The driver in that case was convicted of her manslaughter, but Skye's Law makes evading a police pursuit a specific offence in itself, with prison terms of up to three years, or up to five years for repeat offences. (Source Wikipedia)
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