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Spikes deployed to stop car on Ophir Road as part of Orange's "Operation Surge"

October 25, 2023

By Peter Holmes

Six vehicles were searched, one pursuit was initiated and four people were arrested as a result of "a high-visibility operation proactively targeting property crime offenders in Orange" this week, according to Police NSW.

"Between 5pm Monday 23 October 2023 and 3am yesterday (Tuesday 24 October 2023), officers attached to Central West Police District, Criminal Investigations Unit, the Dog Unit and Macquarie Highway Patrol Command, were deployed in Orange in a high-saturation police operation targeting identified offenders and crime hotspots," police said.

"This operation allows police to engage with the public in highly-visible areas and in vast numbers, reinforcing that the police are there to protect the community all day, every day."

Results from Operation Surge include:

• Four people arrested; • Four charges laid; • Eleven bail compliance checks; • Five RBTs conducted; • Six person/vehicle searches "Of note, police were patrolling Orange about 10.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 24 October 2023), when they attempted to stop a Kia after observing it travelling at excessive speed on Dalton Street," police said.

"When the Kia failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated, travelling through Orange with road spikes successfully deployed on Ophir Road.

"The Kia came to a stop on Peisley Street, where three people fled on foot."

Police said they commenced a foot pursuit and arrested two people - a 35-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man. They were taken to Orange Police Station.

"The woman was charged with police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period," police said.

"The man was charged with two outstanding warrants for traffic and fraud-related offences and dishonestly obtain property by deception, for an unrelated matter."

Both were refused bail to appear at Orange Local Court yesterday (Tuesday October 24, 2023), where they were formerly refused bail to reappear at the same court tomorrow (Thursday October 26, 2023).

Police said Operation Surge "will be continually rolled-out through various deployments".



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