A green Holden Captiva allegedly avoided a roadside breath test on the Hume Highway in Carramar around 9.15pm on Friday before being stopped at a secondary breath test site on Quest Street.
Inspector Joshua Dixon said the 29-year-old driver didn’t hand over his licence then did a U-turn and drove along the wrong side of the Hume Highway.
This sparked a police pursuit which was terminated shortly after because of safety concerns.
The man crashed into a Toyota Kluger and allegedly ran away from the scene.
“The collision occurred almost instantaneously after the pursuit was commenced,” Dixon said.
He was arrested nearby after police chased him down.
The driver of the Toyota, a 40 year-old woman, and her two passengers, children aged eight and 10, were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
Police searched the man and found $2200 in cash on him and saws, a jackhammer, power tools, and a saw kit in his car.
“There was a large quantity of tools in the car, high-value tools. Police are alleging the tools are stolen,” Dixon said.
It was later revealed the man’s learner’s licence had expired, he was breaching bail conditions, and had a first instance warrant for his arrest.
He has been charged with a range of driving and suspected stolen property offences.
“The male driver has exhibited very dangerous driving and what appears to be self-preservation in order to avoid detection by police,” Dixon said.
“In doing that, he has driven on the incorrect side of a busy highway and has had a collision with a motorist who had no right to be in that collision.
“This driver had no right to be on the road.”
The 29-year-old has been refused bail and will face court later today.