Dan­ger­ous driver on 40 charges

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A LARGE-scale po­lice oper­a­tion in­volv­ing the air wing re­sulted in the ar­rest of a 22year-old man who is fac­ing 40 charges.

The ar­rest came af­ter a week-long oper­a­tion led by Gee­long’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit. De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Mark Guthrie said po­lice started track­ing the al­leged of­fender fol­low­ing re­ports of an ag­gra­vated bur­glary in Rip­ple­side last week.

Po­lice al­lege the man stole a white Mercedes sedan from the prop­erty and spent days driv­ing the ve­hi­cle at dan­ger­ous, high speeds through­out Gee­long. They al­lege the driver put first re­spon­ders in dan­ger.

Sen-Sergeant Guthrie said the po­lice air wing unit tracked the car in Gee­long’s north at about mid­night on Satur­day.

Po­lice al­lege the of­fender was fol­lowed for more than an hour to a North Gee­long ad­dress at about 1am. The man was ar­rested dur­ing an al­leged at­tempted break-in and charged with 40 of­fences.

He was re­manded in cus­tody and ap­peared at the Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day. He did not ap­ply for bail and has been re­manded to ap­pear be­fore court at a later date.

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