Man charged under Skye’s Law after chase in Tamworth

TAMWORTH police last night charged the driver who led them on a short vehicle pursuit around the city yesterday afternoon.

About 4.30pm, a green Toyota Rav-4 was speeding along Marius St towards Darling St, after failing to stop for police who had received complaints about the vehicle being driven erraticlly.

Police began to pursue the car as it raced along the busy street and through a red traffic light at the Marius St and Brisbane St intersection.

It is understood the car was travelling on the correct side of the road as it continued being driveng north before turning into Peel St.

While turning at a roundabout, the car crossed to the wrong side of the road and clipped a Land Cruiser.

Police terminated the chase at 4.35pm and began a concentrated search. The vehicle was last seen travelling along Jewry St.

After 5pm the vehicle and its driver were found near the BMX complex off Marius St. Two female passengers in the car were assisting police with their inquiries.

The 32-year-old driver was charged under Skye’s Law.

The law was introduced following the death of two-year-old Skye Sassine who died after a car involved in a police pursuit crashed into her parent's vehicle.

Drivers charged with Skye's Law face up to three years in jail if  they're convicted of evading police and up to five years if they reoffend.

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