A MAN who allegedly had more than a kilogram of marijuana packed into the boot of his car has reached speeds of almost 200km/h while trying to evade police in Sydney’s west overnight.
Officers first tried intercepting the vehicle around 8.45pm after it was spotted speeding along Mamre Road at St Clair but the driver allegedly failed to stop.
Police began pursuing the vehicle but where forced to terminate the chase for safety reasons a short time later after the driver allegedly hit speeds of 180km/h.
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The police helicopter was called in to follow the car from the air as it travelled west of the M4, while officers tried initiating a second pursuit on the ground, but it was too dangerous.
Road spikes brought the car to a halt on the M4 near the Russell Street exit at Emu Plains shortly after 9pm.
Two men, aged 36 and 24, jumped out of the car and tried fleeing on foot but were arrested a short distance away.
During a search of the car, officers allegedly found 1.385kg of cannabis in three bags, packed in the boot.
The men were taken to Penrith Police Station where the 36-year-old was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously (Skye’s law), exceed speed by more than 45km/h and not stop vehicle when directed to do so.
He was also charged with driving while unlicensed. He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.
The younger man was released pending further inquiries.