5 September 2023

18-year-old jailed for 15 months following police pursuit through Wagga

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Riverina teen sentenced to 15 months in jail at Wagga Wagga Local Court by Magistrate Rebecca Hosking on 4 September for charges related to dangerous driving. Photo: NSW Police.

A Yerong Creek teenager has been sentenced to 15 months in jail after being found guilty of a slew of charges relating to dangerous driving following a police pursuit through the suburbs of Wagga Wagga in July.

Riley Haisell, 18, fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court on Monday (4 September), charged with 19 offences, including not stopping during a police pursuit, speeding, driving unaccompanied in an unregistered vehicle, having a knife in a public place and assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty.

Magistrate Rebecca Hosking sentenced Haisell to 15 months with a non-parole period of six months. He will be eligible for parole in January 2024.

Haisell also was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $1320.

Previously, Haisell pleaded guilty to all but one charge in front of Magistrate Hosking, pleading not guilty to allegedly assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty.

For this charge, he will face court on 23 January, 2024.

Haisell was among 600 people arrested across the state during Operation Amarok III, a four-day police operation targeting domestic and family violence.

Officers were conducting patrols in Wagga Wagga just before midday on 12 July and allegedly saw Haisell, a wanted man, driving a vehicle with unauthorised registration plates.

When he failed to stop on the Olympic Highway, police began a pursuit, travelling through Ashmont, Glenfield Park, Mount Austin and Tolland before the vehicle stopped in Parkhurst Street, Tolland, and the driver fled on foot.

Police allege the Riverina teen spat at an officer during the arrest and that they found a large knife in the car.

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Operation Amarok III, an intelligence-based policing strategy led by each region’s Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams (DVHROT), involved officers from all police area commands and police districts in NSW and various proactive and specialist units.

More information on how the NSW Police Force is responding to domestic and family violence can be found on its website.

Victims of domestic and family violence can find information about support services by contacting or visiting 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Reports of domestic and family-related crime or abuse can be made by contacting or attending your local police station. In an emergency, phone triple zero (000).

Anyone with information relating to domestic and family-related violence is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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