A ROCHESTER man has been arrested after he sped away from police and crashed into the Campaspe Bridge on December 30.
The 23-year-old exited the vehicle and continued to run from police before jumping off the four-metre-high walk bridge.
Leading Senior Constable Shane Weeks of the Rochester Police said they received reports of the vehicle driving dangerously around Rochester without any number plates.
‘‘At about 8.20pm I was advised that a white Holden sedan was driving around town dangerously without number plates,’’ he said.
‘‘I was static in an area waiting for the vehicle to reappear before he was sighted at about 8.30pm.
‘‘The vehicle was sighted driving out of Ramsay St into Elizabeth St over the railway crossing towards the roundabout at the bridge.
‘‘When the male driver spotted the police he increased his speed and approached the roundabout.’’
Leading Snr Constable Weeks said the driver then turned left at speed to cross the bridge.
‘‘Due to his high speed, the vehicle crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with the fencing protecting pedestrian traffic,’’ he said.
‘‘The vehicle mounted the pedestrian path and destroyed 20m of fencing before the vehicle came to a halt. The car was extensively damaged and was undrivable.
‘‘The male was then seen by police exiting the vehicle and running of in an easterly direction before jumping off the walk bridge onto the ground below, which was a four-metre drop.’’
The vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost to the driver of $1,060.
The driver was located and will face court on several charges including conduct endangering persons, driving while unlicensed, driving an unregistered vehicle, careless driving and speed offences.
Police would like any witnesses to the collision to contact the Rochester police on 5484 1100.
Police encourage anyone who sees this sort of behaviour to contact 000 immediately.