NSW: Graffiti bandit falls 10m, fractures spine trying to outrun police

A MAN who tried to outrun police after they allegedly caught him spray-painting an electrical sub-station with graffiti on Sydney’s lower North Shore has landed himself in hospital with a suspected fractured back after falling 10m while trying to jump a fence.

Police say they were patrolling Langley Avenue at Cremorne about 3.25am when they allegedly spotted the graffiti bandit in the act.

As police stopped their vehicle near the man, he fled into Gerard Street and threw a spray can which hit a house and smashed a window.


The officers lost sight of the man briefly but he was spotted again in Prospect Avenue where he allegedly approached the police officers before jumped over a fence.

The 20-year-old local man then fell approximately 10 metres onto the concrete driveway of a home in Reynolds Street.

The police officers administered first aid until the arrival of Ambulance Paramedics who transported the man to the Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

The injuries are not life threatening however the man has injured his pelvis, a dislocated right elbow and possible fractured vertebrae.

Inquiries into the incident continue.