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Hour-long car chase ends in Cowes
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The Police Air Wing hovered overhead in
Cowes as the situation unfolded, and the vehicle
was monitored by ground police.
The vehicle then turned into a court in Cowes,
but was not intercepted.
The driver later returned home, where he was
arrested the following day.
The 44-year-old Dandenong man was then
charged with conduct endangering life, evading
police and other traffic-related offences.
He faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on
Cr Fullarton said that the incident had
shocked him, and he has questioned the orders
from Police Command given to ground officers
not to intercept the vehicle.
“Thankfully, the outcome of this incident is
merely a number of terrified people; but the re-
sults could have been catastrophic if the foot-
path was filled with families, prams and kids on
bikes, as it very often is.
“If it had been catastrophic, would that prompt
Police Command to review this strategy. I think
it should, given recent incidents in this state.”
Damned if we do,
and damned if we don’t
Senior Sergeant Andy O’Brien, speaking on
Thursday, said that he understood Cr Fullar-
ton’s frustration, but said that Police Command
had the safety of the community uppermost in
their mind throughout the entire incident.
“There is a Victoria Police Pursuit Policy that
covers all aspects of vehicle pursuits, and this
was followed,” Sen Sergeant O’Brien said.
SS O’Brien said that police became involved
in the pursuit after the man made threats to his
family at Narre Warren, and took off.
Driving dangerously, he was pursued as far
as Lang Lang, when the risk to the public was
deemed to be too great, and the pursuit was
Sen. Sergeant O’Brien said that the driver
drove less erratically once the pursuit stopped.
Police Command deemed this to be the lesser
of two evils, than a chase which could have re-
sulted in extreme danger to other drivers.
“His driving was safer when police were not
chasing him,” he commented.
The Police Air Wing remained above and
ground police continued to monitor the vehicle,
as he proceeded through the booze bus check-
point at Newhaven and on to Cowes.
“Police understand the frustration felt by Cr
Fullarton and some members of the public in
instances such as these, but we would like to
give an assurance that first and foremost in our
mind is community safety, and in all the deci-
sions and risk assessments made on the day,
that was our first consideration.
“The most crucial element of all pursuits is
ongoing risk assessments by the Supervisors
and members involved.
“Foremost in the mind of police members is
the risk to both the community, police members
and the other persons involved.
“In this instance it was decided there was
more of a risk in pursuing the subject driver
than there was in monitoring his behaviour via
Pol Air and developing other resolution strate-
gies and plans to facilitate his arrest.
“The male involved was arrested without inci-
dent or Injury to any person the next day.”
A speeding vehicle charged down this
footpath/biketrack between the Phillip Is-
land RSL and Settlement Road, last Tues-
day. Thankfully, says Cr Stephen Fullarton,
who witnessed the incident, no-one was
on the well used thoroughfare at the time.
A 44-year-old Dandenong man appeared in
the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court last Friday,
charged with conduct endangering life, evad-
ing police and other traffic-related offences.
THE cruise ship Seabourn
Encore will make a return visit
to Phillip Island on January 23.
The luxury vessel will arrive
from Sydney and be anchored
off Rhyll from 8am and sail for
Melbourne at 11pm that eve-
Passengers will disembark
from the Rhyll Pier for a day
of exploring and visiting the Is-
land’s many attractions.
The cruise ship Seabourn Encore will be anchored off Rhyll on January 23.
Seabourn Encore returns
Full scale rescue
off Cowes pier
A FULL scale search and
rescue operation swung
into action from the Cowes
pier last Wednesday after-
noon, after a woman, who
appeared to be somewhat
unstable, fell into the water
and rejected all attempts to
In spite of the best at-
tempts of bystanders, and
a young surfer who re-
mained with her in the wa-
ter on his board, the wom-
an was swept in an easterly
direction into the bay , a
couple of hundred metres
The Police AirWing and
the Westernport Rescue
boat were called and quick-
ly on the scene.
With the Airwing crew
monitoring her position,
the rescuers were able to
convince the woman to al-
low them to get her safely
on board the rescue vessel,
and she was ferried to the
Waiting paramedics as-
sessed her condition, and
provided care for the wom-
an, before she was taken
The drama unfolded in
front of hundreds of beach-
goers who were vacated
from the pier while the res-
cue operation proceeded.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Sam
Buckley, on his surfboard,
did his best to assist the
woman until rescuers
were able to reach her.
The Westernport Rescue vessel from Hastings was quickly on
the scene to assist, after a woman was swept into the bay after
falling from the pier.
Police and paramedics waited at the Cowes pier to assist a
woman who was swept into the bay from the Cowes pier.
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