Bars but no place to party

A TEENAGER who allegedly led police on a chase through Lavington while driving a motorised scooter will spend his New Year’s Eve behind bars.

Christopher Zachary Romeril, 18, was refused bail when he appeared before the Albury Local Court registrar yesterday.

Romeril was charged with driving offences, including driving while disqualified, in relation to the alleged police pursuit on Saturday night.

Police say Romeril refused to stop when flagged to pull over in Kaitlers Road, Lavington, about 9.45pm, instead taking off through the suburb’s streets.

It is alleged he travelled down Kaitlers Road and continued onto Prune Street before doing a lap of the Lavington Square car park.

He then crossed Wagga Road to ride down Kaylock Road, Moore Street and Union Road, where he is alleged to have travelled on the wrong side of the road.

Police terminated the pursuit, before starting it again in Poplar Avenue.

It ended when Romeril allegedly crashed the scooter in Michelle Avenue. There were no injuries.

He was remanded in police custody and refused bail on Sunday by the deputy court registrar.

Registrar Paul Barber yesterday restated the earlier decision, saying the allegations against Romeril were “quite serious”.

“This is quite an aggravating set of facts in relation to the police pursuit,” he said.

“Even if I had the power to (grant bail), I would be unlikely to disagree with the decision made.”

Romeril sat in the dock for the brief court appearance, still wearing the white T-shirt he was wearing when arrested.

He is yet to make a formal application for bail, and has been remanded in custody at Junee jail.

He was ordered to reappear before Albury court on January 6.

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