Wendouree pursuit accused fronts court

A MAN allegedly involved in the high-speed police pursuit through Wendouree on Sunday night fronted Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday. 

Troy Rule, 39, from Sebastopol made no application for bail and was remanded in custody until March 3. 

Police charged Rule with 11 offences, including one count of negligent driving while pursued by police.

He was also charged with four counts of conduct endangering life, two of negligently causing serious injury and two of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

Rule was also charged with a string of summary offences, including unlicensed driving and speeding. 

On February 16, police charged Rule with driving a motor vehicle on Albert Street, Ballarat, without being the holder of a current drivers licence.

On the same day Rule was charged with carrying a weapon, a knife, without explanation. 

Rule appeared in court with a broken arm and broken toe.

Rule’s lawyer Ms Paull said her client had been prescribed morphine for pain relief while in custody. 

He was taken into court under the guard of two police officers, sporting bandages on both arms. 

Rule sat quietly in the dock while magistrate Jonathan Klestadt organised a court date in March. 

On Sunday, three people were hospitalised after the crash in Wendouree.

Rule, a female passenger and another female were taken to hospital. The female passenger was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A woman in her 70s, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. 

A Ballarat Base Hospital spokesperson yesterday said all patients had been discharged from hospital.