A 39-year-old male driver and 37-year-old female passenger were arrested after the lengthy chase ended near Parramatta
A US-style police pursuit of a car allegedly speeding through the suburbs of Sydney has ended with the arrests of a man and a woman after they crashed in the city’s south-west.
The chase was sparked on Thursday when New South Wales police officers detected a suspected stolen vehicle travelling on the Hume Highway in Prestons, south-west of Liverpool, about 9.30am.
When the Hyundai Sonata sedan failed to stop as directed, police gave chase.
The vehicle led police on to the M5 motorway at Casula, crashing into the back of a truck before taking off again.
The chase continued through the streets of Liverpool and Milperra, where it was terminated by officers due to safety reasons.
A police helicopter was called in to track the vehicle as it continued to traverse the south-west and western suburbs of Sydney.
Police tracked the vehicle to North Rocks, north of Parramatta, where it crashed into a pole on North Rocks Road about 11am.
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Witnesses described watching police cars speeding through the suburbs before the pursuit ended with an ear-splitting crash heard several blocks away.
Officers descended on the accident scene and the 39-year-old male driver and 37-year-old female passenger were arrested.
The pair are assisting police with their inquiries.
Supt Adam White said the length of the pursuit was unusual, and police were horrified over the driving of the suspects.
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“It was clear the driver and his passenger had no concern whatsoever for other motorists and road users,” he told reporters.
White said police were investigating property crimes and were interested in talking to the woman in the car when the pursuit began.
He said the man had at least two outstanding warrants over robbery and property offences, while the woman was sought over a suspected break-and-enter offence.
White said weapons including a high-powered rifle were seized during a search of the car, with police also finding a number of items of interest.