A speeding BMW driven by a teenage driver has crashed near Kimbriki.

Just after 11.00pm last night (Sunday, 31 March), NSW Police received complaints of dangerous driving at McCarrs Creek Road, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Just after 11.30pm, as officers from NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were patrolling the area, they detected a white BMW 1 series sports hatch allegedly travelling 117 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.

BMW recovered from bush near Kimbriki after high speed crash into bush

As the BMW sped past them at high speed, they activated their lights and sirens and set off after it. Travelling at speed through the dangerous western section of Mona Vale Road, the 17-year-old male driver of the BMW lost control of the vehicle near Kimbriki Road.

Leaving the road at high speed, the car crashed through the sign for Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre, which was secured with 10cm steel posts, ripping it out of the ground. The car then narrowly missed a telegraph pole as it flew into the bush, coming to a halt around 50m from the road.

BMW recovered from bush near Kimbriki after high speed crash into bush

Nearby residents said they heard the ‘massive’ crash, and some were woken by it. Coming out of their homes to investigate, they saw police arrive on scene only moments after the impact.

The crashed vehicle was not visible from the roadway however, so police checked it had not tried to evade them, driving down to the locked gates of Kimbriki before coming back up and being told by residents where they had heard the noise.

BMW recovered from bush near Kimbriki after high speed crash into bush

Then seeing the evidence of impact with the sign, they searched the surrounding bushland, finding the car. The young driver, who was the only occupant of the car, had been protected by the safety systems of the vehicle, with all airbags deploying.

BMW recovered from bush near Kimbriki after high speed crash into bush

A NSW Ambulance and firefighters on stand-by duty from Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade arrived at the scene just before 11.45pm. The driver of the vehicle complained of back pain was assessed by paramedics but had somehow escaped any serious injury and did not need to be taken to hospital. His parents and older brother arrived on scene shortly after.

Under the watch of police and firefighters, the car was pulled from the bush by a tow truck just after 12.30am, revealing the extent of the damage.

BMW recovered from bush near Kimbriki after high speed crash into bush

Police spoke with the driver at the scene, establishing he was the holder of a P1 Provisional Driver Licence. He was issued a $2794 infringement notice for P1 driver exceed speed > 45 km/h — radar, carrying a total of twelve demerit points during the Easter Double Demerits period.

His driver licence was suspended and he was released into the custody of his parents.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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