On Wednesday, 23 May, three men in South-western Sydney were arrested and charged with reckless driving offences, following extensive investigations carried out by police.
The three men, aged 20, 23 and 24, who are associated with wedding and escort businesses, were charged with over 60 offences, including driving while disqualified, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Strike Force Raptor and riot squad officers have raided a series of wedding and escort businesses in Sydney’s south west and charged three men in relation to dangerous and reckless driving. Via @Houghtontweets & Mark Morri https://t.co/cpL5V6TvA0
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) May 23, 2018
Search warrants were executed at five properties in Auburn, Granville, and South Granville. Police seized false and expired registration plates, more than $13,000 in cash, steroids, electronic storage devices, and a helmet camera.
The investigation, dubbed Operation Trauma, which was carried out by Strike Force Raptor, found that a number of wedding and escort drivers drove while disqualified, suspended, or unlicensed.
Strike Force Raptor’s Detective Chief Inspector Darren Beeche said, “Operation Trauma is focused on anti-social driving behaviour, illegally modified vehicles, registration and licence compliance, and any act that puts the safety of other road users at risk.”
Three men charged as part of ongoing targeting of dangerous driving during wedding escortshttps://t.co/TqUNZSUBf9
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) May 23, 2018
The 20-year-old South Granville man was charged with 48 offences including reckless driving, failure to stop during a police pursuit, and driving an unregistered vehicle while disqualified. He was refused bail and is to appear in Parramatta Local Court today 24 May.
The 23-year-old Granville man was charged with six offences including causing unnecessary noise/smoke while driving a vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to disclose identity.
The 24-year-old Granville man had six charges, including two counts of driving while disqualified, negligent driving, and two counts of interfering with persons enjoyment or safety.
The 23 and 24-year-old men were granted strict conditional bail and are due to appear at Paramatta Local Court on Wednesday 30 May.
“A large number of our investigations have been instigated by videos of reckless driving/riding posted online, some of which end in crashes or near-misses,” Strike Force Raptor’s Detective Chief Inspector Darren Beeche said.
“We have serious concerns about those who showboat this type behaviour—they are not heroes; they are a danger to our roads and our community.
“It is only with the support of the community and sharing the responsibility of safety that we can reduce road trauma,” he said.
Credit: NSW police via Storyful and The Daily Telegraph contributed to this report