A MAN has caused more than $50,000 in damages after he crashed into a petrol bowser on the Central Coast, before driving towards police, only to stall the vehicle and get arrested.
Just before 9.30pm Saturday officers from Brisbane Water were patrolling Empire Bay Drive, Empire Bay, when they observed a man allegedly in the driver's seat of a Ford Focus stopped at a petrol station.
Subsequent checks revealed the man was disqualified from driving until October 2023. When police approached the vehicle to speak with the man, the vehicle allegedly "reversed harshly and crashed into a petrol bowser" police said.
The vehicle then drove forward towards officers before it stalled, and the man was arrested.
The petrol bowser was destroyed, with the damage estimated at $50,000.
Officers searched the vehicle and seized five grams of methylamphetamine, $1800 cash, knuckle dusters and a mobile phone. The items will undergo further examination.
The 24-year-old Woy Woy man was taken to Gosford Police Station and charged with 11 offences including:
- Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period
- Not stop vehicle when directed to do so
- Not give particulars to owner of damaged property
- Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous
- Use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention
- Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner
- Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit
- Possess prohibited drug
- Supply prohibited drug
- Deal with property proceeds of crime
- Goods in personal custody suspected stolen
He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday.
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