Woman 'lied'about pursuit involvement: police

A WOMAN has been charged accused of lying about her involvement in a police pursuit during court proceedings in Tamworth.

The 20-year-old woman allegedly provided the false evidence in Tamworth Local Court in a bail application for a man charged over the high-speed pursuit.

Police will allege the woman claimed she was behind the wheel when the vehicle was clocked at 130km/h in a 40km/h school zone.

Last month, as reported in The Leader, Nicholas John Lawford was jailed for 12 months by Magistrate Michael Holmes who said the “driving was very, very dangerous to the community”.

Oxley highway patrol said they spotted the 23-year-old behind the wheel about 8.15am on May 7 and tried to pull him over for a random breath-test before he sped off.

Police gave chase but it was called off soon after when he sped through a school zone at more than three times the posted limit.

Officers continued searching the area before they tracked the car to Warren St.

Lawford initially denied being behind the wheel of the car when he was arrested on May 7 and was bail refused before fronting court.

Oxley Acting Inspector Martin Burke said police will allege the 20-year-old woman provided evidence in relation to a bail application.

“The female gave evidence in Tamworth Local Court allegedly claiming to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the aforementioned pursuit,” he told The Leader.

“Police will allege the evidence she provided was false.”

Following an investigation, Oxley Highway Patrol officers attended a Warren St home on Wednesday where the 20-year-old woman was arrested.

She was taken to the Tamworth Police Station where police said she assisted with their inquiries.

The 20-year-old was then charged with one count of perverting the course of justice and released on conditional bail.

If convicted, the woman faces up to 14 years in prison.

“Police have also sought approval from the Attorney-General’s department to upgrade the charge from perverting the course of justice to perjury,” Acting Inspector Burke said.

The woman has been ordered to front court later this month.


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