High charge for taxi pursuit

A LISMORE man is facing nine charges after he stole a taxi and led police on a pursuit this morning.

About 5am, the 38-year-old Lismore man allegedly stole a taxi while its driver paid for petrol at a service station Parramatta Road, Camperdown.

Soon after a police vehicle located the taxi travelling west on Parramatta Road and initiated a pursuit, during which the taxi allegedly accelerated to speeds of up to 110km/h in a 60 km/h zone.

The vehicle also allegedly crossed to the wrong side of the road on Frederick Street, Ashfield.

Police terminated the pursuit, but located the taxi a short time later at the intersection of Parramatta Road and Wentworth Road, Strathfield, where it had hit a traffic light.

The man, who was uninjured in the collision, was arrested and taken to Campsie Police Station.

Police will allege the man also smashed a window and entered a building at an historic parkland in Waterfront Drive, Rozelle, about 1am the same day.

The man was charged with: Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner; police pursuit - not stop - drive recklessly; not give particulars to other driver; resist officer in execution of duty; two counts of assault officer in execution of duty; enter enclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse; destroy or damage property; and break and enter dwelling-house etc with intent.

He was refused bail and appeared in Burwood Local Court today.



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