Category: Police Pursuits

Sydney Man Arrested After Police Pursuit


A 20-year old man has been arrested after refusing to pull over for police and charged with thirteen offences, including police pursuit (‘Skye’s law), break enter and steal, goods in custody and breach of bail. It is alleged the man attended a car dealership in St Mary’s at about 6pm on Wednesday, 4th January 2017 ...

Drug Testing of Police Officers: Police Policing Themselves


South Australian police officers will soon face the possibility of being drug and alcohol tested after ‘critical incidents’, such as when they use firearms or engage in high-speed pursuits. But there’s a catch: their police colleagues will need to suspect them of being under the influence and refer them for testing. The move follows nearly ...

Another High-Speed Pursuit for Minor Offence Ends in Disaster


NSW Police Minister Tony Grant continues to deny there is a problem with our state’s current pursuit policy, after a 15-year-old boy sustained serious head injuries as a result of a high-speed police chase. The boy crashed into an oncoming vehicle after a police patrol car started pursuing him for riding an unregistered trail bike ...

NSW Police Pursuit Policy Leads to More Deaths


Community and legal groups have renewed their push for a change to NSW’s police pursuit policy, following the tragic death of three women in Sydney’s West last month. The trio were killed instantly when the car they were travelling in struck a pole moments into a police pursuit. Local Police told ABC news they were patrolling along ...

Drivers Shafted After Helping Police


Vehicle owners are fuming after their cars were used by Victorian police to stop a police pursuit, who then told them to take care of the resulting damage themselves. Drivers were travelling on the Tullamarine Freeway when police asked to use their cars to create a ‘makeshift roadblock’ to stop a car which was allegedly ...

When Can Police Impound Cars?


Police can seize property for a variety of reasons, including when they suspect it is the proceeds of crime, or for use as evidence in a case – but the main way that cars are impounded in NSW is under the ‘vehicle sanctions scheme.’ The ‘Vehicle Sanctions Scheme For some major traffic offences, police officers ...

Should Police Pursuits be Banned?


A coronial inquest has found that police breached their own emergency driving policies during the fatal police pursuit of 29-year-old Aaron Genovese in 2012. Mr Genovese was believed to have been riding a motorbike at well over the 80km speed limit when police gave chase. Police thought Genovese was going to stop at one point, ...

Alternative Verdicts in Criminal Law


Being charged with a criminal offence can be daunting, and being acquitted of the charges following a hearing or trial is obviously a desirable outcome for any defendant. But did you know that in some situations, you can be acquitted of one (or several) offences and instead convicted of an alternative, less serious offence? When ...

Police Blasted over Skye’s Law Tragedy


The issue of how NSW police handle pursuits is back in the spotlight after the Deputy State Coroner strongly criticised the driving of two officers involved in the chase that ended in the death of 19-month-old Sydney toddler Skye Sassine. Six years after Skye’s death, Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon handed down his written findings ...

Police Pursuit Legislation and High Speed Chases


Police pursuits have been a matter of public debate for some years and the issue has recently been reignited after the tragic death of a 17-month-old girl in Sydney’s west when a police chase ended up going through the toddler’s back fence and killing her. As a result of this, there have been calls for ...