A MAN has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm following a horrifying crash on the NSW Central Coast.
Police said the 21-year-old man was the driver of a Ford Falcon sedan which slammed into a power pole at high speed on Ryans Road at Umina Beach shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday 9 October.
The force of the impact was so great, the vehicle burst into flames and several power lines came crashing down, cutting power to several residential blocks.
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The driver, along with two other male occupants, were all treated by paramedics for various injuries at the scene.
The 21-year-old and a 29-year-old man were taken to Gosford Hospital, while a 17-year-old boy was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.
Following inquiries by the Crash Investigation Unit, detectives yesterday arrested the 21-year-old man and charged with a number of serious offences, including:
- Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
- cause bodily harm by misconduct;
- negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; and
- never licensed person drive on road.
The man was bail refused to appear before Gosford Local Court later today.