23-year-old man, from Benandarah driver in Cooma court on pursuit, drug and traffic offences

NSW Police report:

A man has been charged with drug possession and other offences following a pursuit near Bega.

About 12.20pm yesterday (Wednesday 19 June), officers from Bega Highway Patrol were travelling east on Snowy Mountains Highway, Morans Crossing, when they saw a vehicle allegedly travelling in excess of 140km/h.

Officers indicated for the vehicle’s driver to stop. When the driver did not stop a pursuit was initiated but was terminated shortly after for safety reasons.

About 2.40pm the vehicle was seen by police travelling north along the Monaro Highway near Bombala. The pursuit was resumed then again terminated.

About 2.55pm police received information that the vehicle had travelled through Nimmitabel in a western direction. Road spikes were deployed by police at Rock Creek on the Monaro Highway and the man was arrested shortly after.

The 23-year-old man, from Benandarah, was taken to Cooma District Hospital for blood/urine samples and a health assessment. He was released from hospital and taken to Cooma Police Station.

The man was charged with three counts of police pursuit - drive dangerously, possess prohibited drug, and licence and registration offences. The man was also charged with two outstanding warrants relating to robbery and failing to comply with corrections order.

He was refused bail to appear at Cooma Local Court today (Thursday 20 June).

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