14 July 2023

Riverina teen remains in custody over alleged police assault and dangerous driving

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Ford Falcon

Police received reports regarding the manner in which a Ford Falcon was being driven from Coolamon to Wagga Wagga on Wednesday. Photo: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force.

A Yerong Creek teen’s bail was denied over allegedly driving dangerously and assaulting a police officer this week.

Riley Haisell fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court on 13 July, charged with multiple offences including not stopping during a police pursuit, driving dangerously, driving recklessly, speeding in a dangerous manner, being a learner driver unaccompanied by a driver/police officer/tester, not displaying ‘L’ plates, using a class A vehicle with an unauthorised number plate affixed, using an unregistered Class A motor vehicle on the road, using an uninsured motor vehicle on the road, having custody of a knife in a public place and assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty.

Magistrate Phillip Stewart refused the 18-year-old’s bail and set the next court date for 24 July at Wagga Wagga Local Court.

Police said in a statement they received complaints regarding the manner in which a Ford Falcon was being driven from Coolamon to Wagga Wagga, just before noon on Wednesday (12 July).

Officers attached to Wagga Wagga Traffic and Highway Patrol sighted the Ford travelling on the Olympic Highway towards Wagga Wagga and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The Ford Falcon allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated, travelling through the suburbs of Ashmont, Glenfield Park, Mount Austin, and Tolland before the vehicle stopped in Parkhurst Street, Tolland, and the driver fled on foot.

Police arrested Haisell following an alleged foot pursuit. He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with multiple offences.

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