29yo learner driver behind bars after dramatic police chase in rural NSW

A 29-year-old learner driver remains behind bars today after allegedly leading police on a wild high speed pursuit through the NSW Riverina in a luxury sports car.

Police said Highway Patrol officers first spotted the 29-year-old man in an Audi TT Coupe driving dangerously along the Hume Highway, south of Gundagai, just after 2pm on Friday.

Officers successfully pulled the vehicle over, however, after initially stopping, the driver allegedly accelerated away from police.


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Officers gave chase and pursued the vehicle for a short distance before they were forced to pull back for safety reasons.

A short time later, the vehicle was again allegedly detected travelling at high speeds along the Hume Highway, this time south of Holbrook.

The driver attempted to evade police for a second time, however his vehicle became bogged.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said a number of truck drivers assisted officers in ending the pursuit.

“The Traffic and Highway Patrol officers involved in the alleged pursuit were assisted by truck drivers who were travelling in the area at the time of the incident,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“We would like to thank those drivers, who not only provided valuable information to officers on the location of the Audi, but who also assisted in the safety of their fellow road users.”

The 29-year-old man allegedly tried fleeing his bogged vehicle on foot but was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station for questioning.

Here, officers learned the man had only ever held a learner’s licence.

The 29-year-old was charged with a number of traffic offences including dangerous driving (Police Pursuit – Skye’s Law), learner driver not accompanied, not display “L” signs and exceeding the speed limit by over 45km/h.

He was refused bail to re-appear in Albury Local Court on Monday 11 July.

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