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Police P-plate chase goes badly wrong

| 31.05,09. 04:47 PM |

Police P-plate chase goes badly wrong


May 31, 2009 12:00am

TWO people were seriously injured and a P-plate driver is on the run after a police pursuit went wrong in Sydney's CBD.

A Holden Commodore being chased by police collided head on with a Peugeot hatchback just after 4am yesterday in the Western Distributor tunnel between the Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge.

Police said they had initiated the chase after spotting the Commodore running a red light in Harris St at Ultimo.

The high-speed chase continued through several streets before the two detective senior constables abandoned the chase for safety reasons.

Police sources said the crash happened about five minutes after the officers halted their pursuit.

The Commodore was on the wrong side of the road when it smashed into the other car. The P-plate driver escaped on foot.

But the male driver of the Peugeot was taken to hospital with head injuries and his girlfriend, a passenger, was trapped inside and had to be cut from the wreckage.

Both remained in a stable condition in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's intensive-care unit last night.

Authorities were alerted to the accident by a member of the public who saw the mangled vehicles.

A critical-incident investigation, led by the Sutherland Local Area Command, will be made into the matter in association with the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.

Police yesterday were conducting inquiries into why the driver allegedly tried to evade police.



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