An elderly woman answered the door when police came knocking at a house on Tom Brown Parade at Port Kembla, late Friday night.
She hadn’t seen Kolby Langlo, she told the officers.
The officers, led to the address by a police tracking dog, searched the home anyway. Inside they allegedly found 20-year-old Langlo hiding under a blanket, still panting from the chase he is accused of having led, minutes earlier.
Langlo appeared before Wollongong Local Court on Saturday, charged under Skye’s law. Police allege he failed to stop for a mobile breath test and drug test on Military Road at 10.13pm on Friday, within several hours of a District Court jury declaring him not guilty of unrelated crimes.
Police gave chase as a black Mitsubishi Triton, allegedly with Langlo at the wheel, travelled at “extremely high speed” into Church Street and through the BP Service Station onto Wentworth Street.
Police allege he ignored their lights and sirens, continuing along Church Street at an estimated speed of at least 120km/h. He allegedly crossed to the wrong side of the Illawarra Road and almost collided head-on with another car, forcing police to terminate the pursuit.
Police claim they identified Langlo after he performed several laps of Coomaditchy Reserve – where the police sedan couldn’t reach – and drove directly at them.
Police brought in a tracking dog and found the Triton abandoned at a set of locked gates at the reserve’s southern end about 10 minutes later. The dog then led the way to Tom Brown Parade.
Langlo appeared surprised when granted bail on Saturday morning, on condition that he not get back behind the wheel of a car. The matter returns to court July 4.