Man charged after stolen Porsche crashes, overturns in Leichhardt: police

Sparks were flying from the back of the Porsche before it slammed into a tree. Photo: Channel 7 The man fled the wreckage after the car slammed into a tree. Photo: Channel 7


A man has been charged over a high-speed police pursuit in Sydney’s inner west that ended dramatically when an allegedly stolen Porsche crashed into a tree and flipped onto its roof.

CCTV footage of the crash on Norton Street in Leichhardt early on Wednesday shows sparks flying from the back of the out-of-control luxury coupe as it slams sideways into the tree, spins around and overturns.

Remarkably, a person can be seen climbing out of the wreckage seconds later and staggering away from the vehicle, before a police officer with his gun drawn approaches the crashed vehicle.

Police said an officer from the Motorcycle Response Team began pursuing the grey Porsche on the City West Link at Annandale just after 6am on Wednesday. The Porsche had allegedly been stolen from a home in Vaucluse in Sydney’s east earlier that morning, police said.

The chase continued to Norton Street, where the driver of the vehicle lost control at high speed.

Police say the officer ordered the driver to get onto the ground after he climbed out of the vehicle, but the alleged offender ran away.

More officers arrived on Norton Street and searched for the man, but he could not be found.

Police said a 30-year-old man was arrested at Campsie police station later on Wednesday and charged over the police pursuit, with taking and driving a conveyance, and driving while disqualified.

He was refused police bail and is due to appear in Burwood Local Court on Thursday. */]]>