A Ballarat ice addict has been remanded to face a staggering array of 40 charges, including dangerous driving, ramming a police car and resisting arrest, when he appears in Ballarat court next month.
James Alan Nunn, of no fixed address, appeared in custody in Ballarat Magistrates Court this week and was facing far more than 40 charges, before several were withdrawn.
The remaining 40 charges include numerous dangerous driving offences, including reckless conduct endangering life after he, on 8 October last year, allegedly drove at and rammed a police car.
According to a police statement, Nunn was being sought for multiple alleged offences, including theft and arson of a vehicle, theft of a Hilux utility worth $72,000 and a Mercedes valued at $50,000 in September 2017.
The stolen Mercedes and another stolen vehicle, were recorded on CCTV being refuelled at Creswick on 24 September 2017.
The owner of the Mercedes was alerted to several “sightings”of the car in the Ballarat area after the owner put out an alert on Facebook.
However, police advised the owner not to attempt to recover the car due to the accused’s proclivity for dangerous driving behaviour that “put other road users at risk.”
On 8 October 2017, Ballarat police observed Nunn at a residence in Redan with a woman and a car, later found to have been stolen from Armadale on 5 October 2017.
According to the statement, when police pulled into the driveway the accused reversed the stolen vehicle “into the front of the police car” which was carrying several officers and then drove towards two other officers on foot, forcing them to act to avoid being hit.
The accused then “deliberately drove through a side fence” collapsing the fence and driving away at a speed of 160km/h.
On 10 October 2017, Ballarat Divisional Response Unit officers searched a shed at Winter Valley and found the accused and a woman, who both allegedly resisted arrest.
Investigators found keys to the vehicle involved in the police car ramming, along with ‘knuckle dusters’ (later forfeited) and several bags of methyl-amphetamine residue.
Nunn admitted to being an ‘ice’ addict and to having used during the previous day.
Magistrate Gregory Robinson remanded Nunn to appear in Ballarat Court on 14 November and requested victim impact statements be submitted.