A 24-year-old Beveridge man has been charged with 52 offences following a targeted, eight-month investigation into illegal driver behaviour.
On Thursday evening, Dandenong High-Risk Driving Unit police arrested the man after intercepting a Mazda van on Burbank Drive, Reservoir. The vehicle was subsequently seized under a search warrant.
On Friday morning police executed a search warrant at a residential address in Beveridge, seizing cancelled registration plates, a small amount of what police allege is methylamphetamine, MDMA, heroin and 1,4-Butanediol, knuckle dusters and a laser pointer.
Police allege the man was involved in an incident that took place on 8 July 2021 on Commercial Drive, Lynbrook where a white 2000 Mazda van performed burnouts and drove at speed in close proximity to approximately 100 spectators.
“We will continue to apply pressure to those who escape detection on the night of an event, and we will not rest until we have offenders in custody with some facing upward of six years jail time for their behaviour,” Inspector Dean Grande said.
The vehicle has allegedly been linked to four other hoon gatherings over the past eight months in Keysborough, Truganina and Thomastown engaging in similar, reckless driver behaviour.
The 24-year-old Beveridge man has been charged with 52 offences including reckless conduct endangering life and serious injury, deliberate loss of traction, drive in a dangerous manner, driving while disqualified, use of an unsafe vehicle, unaccompanied learner, criminal damage, possession of a drug of dependence, possession of a prohibited weapon and commit an indictable offence while on bail.
“Make no mistake, you will not escape police detection. If you are selfish enough to risk the lives of innocent road users by partaking in hoon activity, prepare to get a knock on your door.” Inspector Dean Grande said.
He was release released on bail to appear before the Broadmeadows Magistrates Court at a later date.