Man faces charges over police servo ramming

Police arrest a man at APCO service station in Belmont. (Tegan Watson/Facebook)

By Luke Voogt

A man who allegedly rammed two police cars at a service station in North Geelong yesterday night is set to face court today.

The incident unfolded when officers from Corio attempted to intercept the motorist at the APCO service station on Thompson Road, following a routine check, about 10.30pm.

The driver was filling up his car when a check of the registration revealed the vehicle had false plates.

“Police pulled their vehicles to the front and rear of the Holden sedan and asked the driver to stop so they could speak with him,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.

“The 20-year-old man jumped into his car and allegedly reversed and then drove forward into both police cars in an attempt to leave the scene.

“Police smashed the windows of the car and deployed OC spray to arrest the man, who allegedly failed to comply with any instruction by police to turn off and stop the vehicle.”

Officers searched the car, uncovering a quantity of drugs and a “significant” quantity of cash, police alleged.

Police last night expected to charge the Winchelsea man with offences including reckless conduct endangering serious injury and aggravated intentional exposure of a police officer to risk by driving.

The man is also set to face charges of committing an indictable offence whilst on bail, driving whilst disqualified, possessing cannabis, fraudulently using a registration plate, theft and failure to stop on police request and resisting an officer.

Police held the man overnight for him to appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court today.