A VICTORIAN man accused of leading police on three high-speed chases along the Hume Highway from near the border to Gundagai pleaded not guilty yesterday to all five charges laid against him.
Raymond Matthew Gottschalk, 24, is in custody and faced Wagga Local Court via audio-visual link.
His first words when he appeared on the screen were to point out the spelling of his surname on court papers was wrong.
Gottschalk, of Werribee, then pleaded not guilty through his solicitor, Jim Allen, to two counts of police pursuit and one count each of not stopping a vehicle when directed, unlicensed driving and receiving property stolen outside of NSW.
A hearing is expected to be set next month.
No reasons for the pleas were given to the court.
Gottschalk did not apply for bail yesterday.
Police saw Gottschalk driving an allegedly stolen Toyota Corolla at Mullengandra about 7.32am on July 15.
Police chased the vehicle for 11 kilometres before calling off the pursuit for safety reasons.
Chases at Little Billabong and Tarcutta were also called off.
About 8.30am, the Corolla was spotted near Gundagai.
A police car gave chase but crashed into a railing and then a truck.
The car was damaged but the officer uninjured.
Gottschalk and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on foot in Gundagai later in the morning.
The boy was charged with being a passenger in a stolen car and over the theft of screwdrivers from a Gundagai supermarket.
He will face a children’s court this month.