Driver crashes into police car after pursuit

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A 30-year-old Kambah man has been arrested after an early morning pursuit which ended with his vehicle colliding into a police car on Northbourne Avenue. 

Around 4am, police arrived at Thynne Street, Bruce in response to reports of men breaking into vehicles. On arrival, two cars – a white Toyota Vienta and a blue Ford Falcon – sped away.

Police attempted to stop the Toyota Vienta, but the male driver failed to stop, initiating a pursuit.

The pursuit lasted about three minutes, reaching a maximum speed of 143km/h in a 80km/h zone.

Police chased the car through Bruce and Lyneham before turning onto Northbourne Avenue, where the vehicle drove onto the footpath and started to slow down, eventually colliding with the police car.

The driver fled on foot, and was arrested by police on Northbourne Avenue. Police searched the man and located seven clip seal bags, which contained a white coloured crystalline substance, suspected to be Methylamphetamine.

He was taken to the ACT Watch House, and is expected to be charged with traffic offences, including stealing a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and possess drug of dependence. He is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court later today.

The passenger in the police vehicle was taken to The Canberra Hospital for observation. Both the male driver and the driver of the police vehicle received treatment for minor injuries at the scene.

Any witnesses to either the pursuit or the collision early this morning, who are yet to speak to police, should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously. 

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