Man granted bail

A 19 year-old Hampton Park man who allegedly rammed a police car and assaulted an officer after drinking a slab of alcohol has been granted bail in Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court.

According to a police summary of the incident read out in court on Tuesday, Joel Moore fractured the forearm of an officer while resisting arrest after two separate pursuits in the early hours of Friday morning.

The court heard Mr Moore had consumed a slab of pre-mixed drinks before driving to Traralgon to look for his partner, who had gone out nightclubbing.

In Traralgon, Mr Moore picked up a separate female associate, who had asked him to drive her to Sale.

Traralgon police performed an identity check on the vehicle he was driving, which was found to be fitted with stolen number plates.

Police engaged in a pursuit with Mr Moore, however terminated the chase when speeds reached about 100 kilometres per hour in a 60km zone.

Police soon after relocated Mr Moore’s vehicle in Traralgon, which they attempted to block in a court with police vehicles, however he narrowly escaped with the car.

The court heard Mr Moore later rammed a police vehicle, side swiping it and causing moderate damage.

After terminating the second pursuit, Mr Moore was located at a Morwell address, where he became physically aggressive and “violently struck” a police member, who along with other members, had to subdue him with capsicum spray, the court heard.

Mr Moore is facing 11 charges, including recklessly driving a vehicle in a dangerous manner, placing person in danger of death, failing to stop during a pursuit, recklessly causing injury to a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to undertake a breath test and driving without a licence.

Mr Moore was granted bail on the condition he respect a curfew and remain at a specific address, refrain from contacting case witnesses and report regularly to police.

He is due to appear in court for a further mention on 9 December.