Anxiety about the possible repercussions for his family led to a man refusing to identify the driver of car involved in a police pursuit, a court has heard.
Soon after the car was abandoned on Gap Road, Glenroy, the man was arrested 700 metres away at the intersection of Wilkinson and Watson streets.
"No comment," was Shannon John Cullen-Faber's reply when asked to name the driver during an interview at Albury police station.
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Cullen-Faber was willing to admit to police he was a front-seat passenger and he also accepted he was committing an offence by not naming the driver.
He also admitted the style of driving was "pretty erratic", as the silver BMW 318i hit high speeds and travelled on the wrong side of the road, forcing other motorists to take evasive action.
Cullen-Faber was "fearful" for his life during the pursuit and "concerned for the other road users," he told police.
Appearing in Albury Local Court, the 35-year-old Thurgoona man told magistrate Richard Funston, who described his offending as "a very serious matter", that he would not identify the driver as he was "fearful of the repercussions" for himself and his family.
Cullen-Faber, of Riverboat Drive, pleaded guilty to a single charge of owner not disclose identity of a driver or passenger.
The court was told police were turning from Bralgon Street into Plover Street, North Albury, on July 7 just before 3.30pm when they saw the BMW.
The car immediately turned on to Wantigong Street.
Police tried to catch up to the car, which was now going at well above the speed limit.
The driver failed to give way at the corner of Mate Street, forcing other motorists to break heavily to avoid a collision.
Police began a pursuit, with the BMW hitting 95km/h in the 60km/h zone of Waugh Road but ended it when the BMW crossed to the wrong side of the road in David Street, into the path of oncoming cars.
Cullen-Faber was convicted and fined $1500.
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