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Truckie to Face Court Following Murraylands Pursuit

Police Murray Bridge

A Victorian truck driver will face court via video link today after taking police on a chase through the Murraylands.

At 12.30am on Tuesday 17 November a small truck arrived at the Bordertown checkpoint. The 26-year-old driver was refused entry and directed to head back home.

It is alleged that patrols spotted the truck travelling through Tailem Bend at 2.50am. Police stopped the truck and told the man he would be escorted back to the border.

It is alleged the man then took off along the Dukes Highway toward Coonalpyn and his erratic driving caused police to terminate the pursuit due to safety.

The truck was spotted travelling through Tintinara, before police attempted to spike the vehicle just north of Keith. The truck avoided the road spikes and continued through Keith turning on to the Riddoch Highway.

About 5.50am the light truck was successfully spiked on the Riddoch Highway just near Mount Monster and the driver was arrested.

The man has been charged with driving in a dangerous manner to cause a police pursuit, exceeding the speed limit, committing acts likely to cause harm, hindering police and breaching a COVID-19 Direction.

The truck was towed from the scene and impounded.

The man has been refused bail and will be taken to the City Watch House to appear via videolink in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court today, Wednesday 18 November.