Police car rammed

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A CRANBOURNE North man may find himself on the wrong side of new ramming laws after allegedly driving a Holden Commodore at a police vehicle in Frankston last Friday night (4 May).

Frankston Tasking Unit uniformed officers tried to intercept the Commodore with stolen plates in Hickory Crescent at about 9.30pm on Friday 4 May before the car hit the rear passenger door of the police vehicle.

A passenger, 41 from Frankston North, got out of the Commodore and was arrested before the collision.

The driver, a 24-year-old from Cranbourne North, was arrested by police nearby and charged with several offences including reckless exposure of an emergency worker to risk by driving, aggravated intentional exposure of an emergency worker to risk by driving and reckless conduct endangering serious injury.

New offences introduced by the state government earlier this year mean anyone ramming to trying to ram a police vehicle can face up to 20 years in jail and must serve a minimum of two years if convicted.

The driver is also believed to be responsible for other car thefts in the area including a burglary at Bay City Holden in Frankston on 1 May.

He was held in custody.

The passenger, 41, was also charged with car theft and was bailed to appear in Frankston Magistrates’ Court in August.

First published in the Frankston Times – 14 May 2018

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