A 48-year-old Chifley man who tried to run from police after abandoning a car involved in a short chase through south-west Canberra has been arrested and charged with numerous traffic offences.
At about 9:40 a.m. yesterday (June 13), a silver Holden Astra failed to stop for police on John Gorton Drive.
The car was then detected driving at high speed along John Gorton Drive and Cotter Road.
Shortly afterwards, police say, the driver lost control near Dunrossil Drive, collided with a street sign, broke a wheel and then crashed into a gutter at the intersection with Dudley St.
The driver abandoned the car and tried to flee on foot, but police found him hiding in a bush a short time later after a foot chase.
The man was charged with numerous traffic-related offenses including driving while disqualified, operating an unregistered vehicle, reckless driving, possession of a knife, possession of a dependency drug and possession of stolen property.
Police say items in the vehicle are believed to have been stolen from construction sites in Canberra recently.
He is due to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court today (June 14).
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Ian Meikle, editor