Man drives through 15 fences near Northern Distributor to avoid pursuing police

ON THE RUN: A man and a woman have been charged after a police pursuit on Sunday.
ON THE RUN: A man and a woman have been charged after a police pursuit on Sunday.

A MAN and woman will face court following the pursuit of an allegedly stolen car near Orange.

Just after 11am on Sunday police from Orange Traffic and Highway Patrol Command sighted a grey Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD travelling at high speed on the Mitchell Highway at Byng, about 20 kilometres south-east of Orange.

A pursuit was initiated when the driver failed to stop for police, but was terminated a short time later due to public safety concerns.

About 15 minutes later, the same vehicle was sighted turning onto the Northern Distributor Road at Orange, where it collided with a safety barrier.

Officers from Canobolas Local Area Command attempted to stop the vehicle again, which allegedly reversed into their police car.

The Mitsubishi then drove along the Northern Distributor Road before crossing an on-coming lane and across several rural paddocks, allegedly damaging 15 paddock fences in the process.

The vehicle was found abandoned on a rural property near Clifton Grove before the male driver and a female passenger were arrested by police after a short foot pursuit.

A search of the vehicle allegedly located several items believed to be stolen.

A 24-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were taken to Orange Police Station.

The man was charged with not stopping during a police pursuit (Skye’s Law), receiving, negligent driving, trespass, malicious damage, larceny and a first instance warrant.

The woman was charged with being carried in conveyance without consent.

Both were refused bail to appear at Orange Local Court on Monday.

Inquiries into the matter are continuing.