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Police Pursuits

What is Skye’s Law in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim
Police allege that at around 11.45pm on Friday, 18 July 2020, a man with a suspended driver licence was driving a Ford Kuga vehicle at a speed of 72km/h in a 50km/h zone on Warnervale Road in Hamlyn Terrace near...

The Offence of Police Pursuit in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
A man will face Gosford Local Court today after allegedly leading police on a chase before ramming a police car and causing injuries to two officers. It has been reported that at around 8.45am yesterday, highway patrol officers detected a...

Sydney Man Arrested After Police Pursuit

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Drug Testing of Police Officers: Police Policing Themselves

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Another High-Speed Pursuit for Minor Offence Ends in Disaster

by Ugur Nedim
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...

NSW Police Pursuit Policy Leads to More Deaths

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Drivers Shafted After Helping Police

by Ugur Nedim
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...

When Can Police Impound Cars?

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Should Police Pursuits be Banned?

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Alternative Verdicts in Criminal Law

by Ugur Nedim
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...
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