A disqualified driver who allegedly sped through the Wollongong CBD 30km/h over speed limit and endangering hundreds of Santa Claus pub crawl revellers was refused bail in court on Sunday morning.
Nenad Radovanovic, 37, of Fairy Meadow fronted Wollongong bail court over the alleged police chase at 10.30pm on Saturday.
He was also charged with driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a licence.
The police facts tendered to court allege a marked highway patrol car was immediately behind Radovanovic's white Astra when he stopped at a red light at the intersection of Burelli and Keira streets.
Radovanovic then headed north along Keira Street at a speed of 80km/h in a 50km/h zone, police allege.
He then allegedly crossed over to the wrong side of the road, ignored the red light and turned right into Keira Street.
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The highway patrol car turned on its siren and began a pursuit of the white Astra.
Radovanovic then headed north along Keira Street at a speed of 80km/h in a 50km/h zone, police allege - and did not slow down for an amber light at the Crown Street intersection.
Police then ended the short pursuit, "due to the extreme risk of public safety".
The pavements on both sides of Keira Street during the alleged pursuit were full of Santa Claus pub crawl participants.
A block later, Radovanovic allegedly collided with a car at Market Street.
He stopped just north of the intersection before allegedly jumping out of his damaged vehicle and running off.
He was arrested soon afterwards and, when interviewed by police, allegedly admitted to taking ice just before getting behind the wheel and that "everything was a blur".
Police prosecutor Shannon Ryan opposed bail for Radovanovic, pointing out one of his earlier bail conditions was that he not sit in the driver's seat of a car.
"He had no regard for bail, no regard for his licence status," Sgt Ryan said.
Legal Aid solicitor Claire Carpenter said if Radovanovic received bail he could live with his parents, accept a curfew and not use drugs or alcohol.
In refusing bail, Registrar Peter Ritchie noted Radovanovic had put the safety of Santa Claus pub crawl revellers in jeopardy.
Radovanovic will return to Wollongong Local Court on December 16.