THE SEQUEL TO THE NEWNES FOREST PURSUIT: The dumped furniture van and police at the scene near the Wolgan Road.A MAN who led police on a bizarre pursuitthrough the Newnes State Forest in a furniturevan on Tuesday morning was onalready bail awaiting a court appearanceon similar charges.
The chase began around 7.30amTuesday when the driver of a furniture vanrefused to stop at the RMS weigh stationon the Bells Line of Road at Bell.
The van continued towards Lithgowwith police attempting to intercept it andpreparing to set up road spikes.
Near the Zig Zag Railway at Clarencethe van driver diverted into the NewnesState Forest and with two police vehiclesin pursuit continued along bush trialsbest suited to 4WD vehicles.
Approaching the area known asBlackfellows Hands near the top ofWolgan Gap the van stopped suddenlyand the driver fled into the bush.
The driverlessvan then rolled backwards to collidewith a Highway Patrol vehicle.
Police continued the pursuit on foot fora short distance before arresting a 35-year-old man who gave a Winmaleeaddress.
THE SEQUEL TO THE NEWNES FOREST PURSUIT: The dumped furniture van and police at the scene near the Wolgan Road.
The man was already on bail after anappearance in Lithgow Court last week onthree counts of driving while disqualified,police pursuit, dangerous driving andpossession of a prohibited drug.
He had been remanded at that time toappear in Penrith Local Court nextMonday.
Yesterday Kane Drew, 35, of Winmaleeand formerly of Lithgow, was refused bailwhen he appeared before MagistrateMichael Allen in Lithgow Court oncharges arising from Tuesday’s events.
He was charged with breach of bailconditions, police pursuit, refusing tostop at a heavy vehicle check station, drivingwhile disqualified and enteringenclosed land without lawful excuse.
His bail application was refused and heis to appear again in Lithgow Court nextThursday.
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