26 September 2023

Canberra man convicted on multiple charges over police pursuit in Hay

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A former Mount Austin man has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service work over a police pursuit on the Sturt Highway in March. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Canberra man John Moore has been convicted and sentenced to an 18-month intensive correction order over a police pursuit on the Sturt Highway at Balranald in March.

The 21-year-old faced Griffith Local Court on 20 September after being charged with a litany of offences, including 10 outstanding warrants from 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Magistrate Trevor Khan convicted Moore on the charges of not stopping during a police pursuit, driving dangerously, unlicensed driving, driving under the influence of drugs, and entering enclosed land without lawful excuse.

The court ordered the offender to perform 150 hours of community service work and disqualified him from holding a driver’s licence for 18 months.

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Police said Traffic and Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop a Great Wall utility seen travelling on the Sturt Highway at Balranald just before 3 pm on 14 March.

Police allege the former Mount Austin man failed to stop the vehicle when directed by Traffic and Highway Patrol officers.

When the vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated and ended in Hay after road spikes were deployed.

Police allege the vehicle stopped in the CBD area and Moore fled, while the passenger – 18-year-old Darla Charles-Goolagong– was arrested. Following a search of the area, Moore was arrested after being found hiding on the veranda of a home.

Charles-Goolagong was convicted in June for the charges of not disclosing the driver’s/other passenger’s identity and the responsible person/custodian not disclosing the driver’s details and has been ordered to pay a $1500 fine.

Moore was to face court yesterday (25 September) for bail review over the remaining charges, and again on 9 November.

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