Dangerous police pursuit in Orange leads to suspended sentence

A Cowra man who led police on a pursuit through the streets of Orange reaching top speeds of more than 110km/hr in June last year has been handed a nine month suspended prison sentence.

Kyle Boney, 20, of Lynch Street had his driver’s licence disqualified for 12 months as well after pleading guilty to a charge of driving dangerously during a police pursuit.

According to facts tendered at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, July 4, about 2.30am on June 18, 2017 Boney left a pub on Summer Street in Orange and entered a white Holden utility.

 He drove east towards Peisley Street and performed a 180 degree burnout at the Summer Street intersection, which police officers witnessed in an unmarked vehicle.

The officers activated the car’s warning lights but Boney ignored it and travelled west on Summer Street.

Police say they followed Boney from the Summer Street intersection with Peisley Street to the Summer Street and Hill Street intersection reaching top speeds of 110km/hr.

The pursuit was called off when Boney switched his vehicle’s headlights off, and due to the extremely dangerous manner and speed of his driving.

During the chase, police estimate that he clocked 130km/hr in a 50km/hr zone.

Police later found the vehicle abandoned and running with the keys in the ignition.

Boney contacted Orange Police to tell them he was not the driver and that his keys were stolen in a fight. 

He said he and the person he nominated as the driver had attended the pub on Summer Street together. 

After pursuing a number of lines of inquiries, including viewing CCTV footage of outside the pub, police identified that Boney was unaccompanied on both occasions when he entered and left the premises, and the person he nominated as the driver had an alibi. 

“It was a foolish, dangerous act,” Magistrate Michael O’Brien said.

“The facts are disturbing. You put your life and the lives of others at risk.

“The term of imprisonment is suspended  on your promise not to reoffend.”