Man remanded in custody over Golden Bay traffic incident

Stuart HortonSound Telegraph
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A 25-year-old Lakelands man will remain in custody until at least next Friday after not seeking bail on a string of traffic-related offences following an incident in Golden Bay last week.

Benjamin Alexandre Nicholas appeared in Rockingham Magistrates Court this morning to face eight charges relating to the Friday, March 15 incident.

Police alleged about 5.40am, Mr Nicholas was driving a Subaru Forrester along Mandurah Road when a police motorcycle activated its lights at the intersection of Dampier Road and indicated for him to pull over.

Upon pulling over and coming to a halt, the police officer approached Mr Nicholas’ vehicle when he allegedly reversed into the police motorcycle, knocking it from its stand and pushing it along the road, causing extensive damage to it and attached police equipment.

Mr Nicholas then drove off at speed along Mandurah Road. He was arrested by Mandurah detectives yesterday and charged with endangering the life, health or safety of a person; reckless driving to escape pursuit; reckless driving; obstructing a public officer; criminal damage or destruction of property; having no authority to drive; being the driver of a vehicle involved in an incident in which property was damaged; and being the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident in which property was damaged and failing to report it to police.

Mr Nicholas accepted the charges as read and said he wished to be remanded in custody rather than apply for bail.

He will reappear in court on March 29.

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