Dan­ger­ous drive

De­niliquin Po­lice forced to act to avoid col­li­sion

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Po­lice were forced to take ‘‘eva­sive ac­tion’’ af­ter a ute flagged for avoid­ing po­lice on Fri­day morn­ing drove di­rectly at them on the Cobb High­way near De­niliquin on Fri­day.

Po­lice came close to stop­ping the ute, which po­lice later dis­cov­ered was bran­dish­ing false num­ber plates, a num­ber of times fol­low­ing the ini­tial in­ci­dent, but the driver man­aged to get away each time.

Dur­ing some eva­sive moves, the ute is be­lieved to have ploughed through a num­ber of fences and gates across sev­eral pri­vate prop­er­ties in De­niliquin’s south east.

Po­lice ini­tially at­tempted to stop the ute on Hardinge St, De­niliquin about 11.22am Fri­day say­ing the driver was al­legedly tex­ting on a phone while driv­ing.

Po­lice were stopped at the Hardinge St and Sloane St in­ter­sec­tion when they spot­ted the in­ci­dent, and al­lege the driver of the ute sped away as soon as they turned their lights on.

Po­lice chose not to give chase for safety rea­sons, but alerted other of­fi­cers to the de­scrip­tion of the car.

An­other pa­trol ve­hi­cle spot­ted the ute on Barham Rd in De­niliquin soon af­ter, and al­lege it was in­ten­tion­ally driven di­rectly at the po­lice ve­hi­cle.

Af­ter tak­ing ac­tion to avoid a col­li­sion, po­lice said the ute sped away.

All avail­able pa­trol cars then started ac­tively search­ing for the ute, which was spot­ted driv­ing on Law­son Syphon Rd head­ing to­ward Four Post Camp.

Po­lice lost sight of the car, which was then seen amongst trees in a pad­dock about 12.10pm. On in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice later found dam­aged fences and gates across a num­ber of nearby pad­docks.

At one dam­aged fence, po­lice found one of the South Aus­tralian num­ber plates from the car.

Checks re­vealed they had orig­i­nally been fixed to a car that sus­tained ir­repara­ble dam­age in 2011.

The for­mer owner told po­lice it was sold, with the num­ber plates, to some­one in Vic­to­ria eight years ago.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the ute, or its driver, is asked to con­tact po­lice on 5881 9299 or Crime Stop­pers on 1300 333 000.

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