A car that crashed at Warriewood overnight is suspected of being stolen.

Around 11.30pm last night (Sunday, 12 May), officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command spotted a white Hyundai Accent with Victorian numberplates driving northbound in a manner they considered suspicious at Pittwater Road, Narrabeen.

Crash after police pursuit at Warriewood

The vehicle failed to stop for police when indicated and a pursuit was initiated, ending shortly after when the Hyundai crashed into a metal dividing fence near the B-Line bus stop at Pittwater Road, Warriewood, near Jacksons Road.

A NSW Police spokesperson said the driver then fled from the incident scene, leaving the badly damaged vehicle behind.

Crash after police pursuit at Warriewood

Police have commenced an investigation into the incident, and it is understood one line of inquiry will be into whether the vehicle was stolen.

Additionally, there are questions over the car’s roadworthiness, with no current record found for the Hyundai’s numberplate in the Victorian Vehicles Register.

Crash after police pursuit at Warriewood

The car speared into the metal dividing barrier, completely ripping out one section of fence and twisting a second, as well as significantly damaging the front end of the vehicle.

Crash after police pursuit at Warriewood

NSW Police closed two lanes of Pittwater Road in each direction to allow debris to be cleared and oil and fluids from the car to be neutralised with absorbent material by firefighters from Mona Vale Station, who were called to the scene shortly after 1.00am.

Crash after police pursuit at Warriewood

The car was removed from the roadway by a tow truck and emergency road crews from the Transport Management Centre worked to remove the damaged section of fencing. Pittwater Road was fully reopened shortly after 2.00am.

Updated 5.30pm Monday, 13 May:

Shortly after publication of the original article, NSW Police responded to inquiries from the Northern Beaches Advocate with the following statement.

“About 11.30pm yesterday (Sunday, 12 May) officers attached to the Northern Beaches Police Area Command were patrolling at Pittwater Road, Narrabeen when they observed a Hyundai sedan with Victorian registration allegedly driving in a dangerous manner.

“Attempts were made to stop the vehicle, however, when the driver allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit was terminated at Narrabeen due to the weather conditions and the manner of driving.

“A short time later, the Hyundai crashed into a fence and the driver allegedly fled the scene on foot. Further inquiries revealed the vehicle was allegedly stolen from Freshwater on Saturday (11 May 2024).

“As police inquiries continue, anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” said the NSW Police statement.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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