Charges after alleged Melton pursuit


Michaela Meade

A man has been charged following an alleged pursuit in Melton yesterday.

Police said officers were patrolling in the vicinity of Clarks Road, Brookfield, when they spotted a white Skoda travelling at an alleged speed of 131km/h in a 60km/h zone about 4am.

The alleged driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old Armstrong Creek man, allegedly failed to stop when police attempted to intercept the vehicle.

Police said they pursued the vehicle and deployed stop sticks before the vehicle came to a stop a short time later in Melton South.

The driver allegedly fled on foot but was arrested nearby.

The passenger, a 30-year-old man, allegedly fled and was located hiding in a nearby paddock by the police canine unit.

Police said the 23-year-old Armstrong Creek man was charged with reckless conduct endangering serious injury, dangerous or negligent driving whilst pursued by police, theft of a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods, drug driving (methylamphetamine/MDMA), unlicensed driving, exceeding the speed limit, driving in a manner dangerous, driving speed dangerous, failing to stop on police direction, careless driving and affixing a false number plate.

He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court where he was remanded until November 13.

Police said the 30-year-old Brookfield man was interviewed and is expected to be charged on summons with theft of a motor vehicle, handling stolen goods, and negligently dealing with proceeds of crime.