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Saturday, January 23, 2021

High-performance car stolen at Merewether

A man will face Newcastle Local Court today after allegedly stealing a high-performance vehicle and driving in a dangerous manner, which police described as “horrendous”, throughout Newcastle.

About 2.45pm on Sunday 20 December, an Audi R8 was stolen from a home on Scenic Drive, Merewether.

Police will allege in court that the driver – a 49-year-old man – committed several driving offences throughout Newcastle after stealing the car including, but not limited to:

  • Crossing double white lines to overtake vehicles;
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road; and
  • Speeding at approximately 160km/hr in a sign-posted 60km/hr zone.

Following extensive inquiries by Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie police district officers, they attended a home on Nooroo Close, Windale.

There, they arrested a 49-year-old man just before 9pm on Wednesday 23 December.

He was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive while unlicensed and break and enter house steal value more than $60,000.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 24 December.

Newcastle City Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey APM said the manner of driving in these alleged offences was “horrendous” and one of the worst examples of dangerous driving he’d seen.

“It so happens that the vehicle we will allege the 49-year-old stole from the Merewether home had a dash cam which automatically turned on as it left the property,” he added.

“It is dangerous driving at an extreme level – speeding through residential areas and stop signs, over pedestrian crossings, travelling in excess of 160 km/hr in built up areas, overtaking other motorists across double unbroken lines, and crossing to the wrong side of the road.

“This manner of driving puts dozens of lives at risk.

“Double demerits are in force until Sunday 3 January, and we are continuing to plead with all motorists to pay attention to your surroundings, don’t drink and drive, don’t speed and don’t have any distractions around you while behind the wheel.”

The state-wide Christmas and New Year road-safety operation started at midnight (12.01am today Thursday 24 December) and concludes 11.59pm on Sunday 3 January.

Double-demerit points are in force throughout for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

NSW Police officers will also be targeting other high-risk driver behaviour, including the Four Ds; drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving.

Anyone with information about driving incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au