Dubbo police: Pursuit leads to arrest of Wellington man

COURT TIME: Man arrested following overnight police pursuit through suburban streets. Photo: FILE
COURT TIME: Man arrested following overnight police pursuit through suburban streets. Photo: FILE

A MAN has been arrested by Orana Mid Western Police officers following a vehicle pursuit through the streets of Wellington.

Officers will allege that the driver of a black Nissan X-Trail was suspected to have been in possession of a firearm.

“The male driver, a 25-year-old unemployed Wellington man, accelerated away from police on Pierce Street at 10.30pm and reached speeds well in excess of the speed limit,” a report by police states.

“The male continued his erratic and irresponsible driving, with total and utter disregard for the public’s safety, upon various streets in Wellington.”

The report states that police officers then discontinued the pursuit due to concerns for public safety, with the vehicle last seen entering a dirt track off the Mitchell Highway.

A number of police units commenced an extensive patrol of Wellington to search for the man.

“Around 2.30am, acting on information, police swooped on a residence in Swift Street where the man was found hiding in a rear shed,” the police report states.

“He was arrested and a nearby car searched with a number of items seized by police, including a part off a firearm.

“The man was conveyed to Dubbo Police Station and charged with engaging in a police pursuit.”

Orana Mid Western Police officers report that further charges were likely be laid in respect to other matters.

The male driver was refused bail and will appear in Dubbo Local Court on Monday, December 3.