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Police officer injured as six arrested following car chase in Haberfield

The occupants of a Land Rover that had been reported as stolen tried to flee the scene in a car that was stopped inside the M4 WestConnex tunnel. Photo: WestConnex.

By TOKS OGUNDARE

Six people are in custody and a police officer has been injured following a car chase that ended in Sydney’s inner west this morning.

Just after 11:20 pm on Friday night, police observed a Land Rover that had been reported stolen earlier that day travelling on the M2 Motorway at Baulkham Hills.

Officers began pursuing the vehicle but terminated the chase shortly after due to safety reasons.

PolAir assisted police surveillance of the car travelling through Sydney’s west, inner west, and city, before entering the M4 WestConnex tunnel in Haberfield at around 1:50 am on Saturday.

Police observed several people exit the Land Rover and enter a Toyota Echo that was stopped inside the tunnel.

The occupants then attempted to flee the scene in the Toyota, before being stopped by police. The five occupants – four males aged 14, 20, 22, 26 and one female aged 16 – were then arrested and taken to Burwood Police Station.

During the arrests, the Land Rover drove toward police officers and two stopped police cars, resulting in one police vehicle crashing into an officer.

The officer was treated for lacerations from a shattered vehicle window and taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is in a stable condition.

The 24-year-old male driver of the Land Rover was arrested and also taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under police guard for treatment of minor injuries.

Officers established a crime scene and the vehicles have been seized for further examination. An investigation into the incident is underway.

It comes after a six-car collision at Parramatta Road last weekend resulted in four people being hospitalised following a brief car chase of a vehicle that had run a red light.

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