20 February 2024

Court denies bail for two Albury men allegedly involved in dangerous police pursuit in Wagga

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Two 23-year-old men were denied bail when they appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court charged with a litany of offences between them after an alleged police pursuit. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Two 23-year-old Albury men involved in an alleged police pursuit in Wagga Wagga have had their bail applications denied.

Jye Honeysett and Brandon Taylor fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court on 14 February, charged with a litany of offences following an alleged police pursuit in a suspected stolen ute.

Neither man made a bail application, which was refused by Magistrate Phillip Stewart.

Just before 2 pm last Tuesday (13 February), Riverina Police District officers attempted to stop an allegedly stolen ute in Jenkins Street, Wagga Wagga.

When the vehicle allegedly failed to stop as directed, a pursuit was allegedly initiated and terminated later due to safety concerns after the ute collided with two police vehicles.

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Police allege the ute was tracked to Leavenworth Drive, Mount Austin, where the driver abandoned the ute and entered a black sedan, which was tracked to Willang Street, Glenfield Park, before three occupants exited the vehicle.

Police used a taser on Taylor to arrest him, while a 16-year-old boy was located nearby.

Honeysett allegedly ran from the scene and forced entry into a home in Willang Street, Glenfield Park, while a woman and small child were inside.

He was arrested while allegedly attempting to steal a vehicle from the garage of the home.

During a search of the sedan, police allegedly found and seized two firearms and ammunition, while illicit drugs and cash were allegedly located on one of the men.

Honeysett and Taylor were taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and treated for minor injuries before they were released and transferred to Wagga Wagga Police Station.

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Honeysett was charged with driving conveyance taken without consent of the owner, not stopping during a police pursuit while driving dangerously, driving recklessly, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, aggravated break and enter, driving without consent of the owner and hindering or resisting a police officer in the execution of duty.

Taylor was charged with two counts of driving a motor vehicle during the disqualification period, not stopping during a police pursuit while driving dangerously, driving without consent of the owner, receiving property stolen outside NSW with a value greater than $15,000, driving recklessly, supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with property proceeds of crime greater than $100,000.

The 16-year-old was released after assisting police with their inquiries.

Honeysett and Taylor will appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court on 28 February.

Inquiries into the incident are ongoing. Anyone with information 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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