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For 90 minutes on Thursday a wanted couple with a carload of suspected stolen goods and guns wove in and out of oncoming traffic through suburban Sydney and tore down the M5.
Police and news helicopters circled overhead, picking up the chase as officers abandoned their pursuit through peak hour traffic after the white Hyundai sped off after smashing into a truck.
The end of a police chase that snaked through the north-west of Sydney on Thursday.Credit: Nine News
Police knew the Hyundai was usually driven by Ashlee Ralston, who was wanted in relation to a string of robberies.
Pursuing officers didn’t know her driver, Kasey Glover, was wanted on warrants of his own until the crumbled Hyundai smashed into a pole just metres from a school gate.
Viewers following the pursuit live on television watched as police swarmed the wreckage.
The chase began just after 9.30am when Liverpool’s proactive police unit spotted the “suspect” Hyundai Sonata linked to 37-year-old Ralston driving around Prestons, Superintendent Adam White told media.
Police flashed lights and sirens but the Hyundai didn’t stop and, instead, darted onto the M5 motorway at Casula.
The car crashed into the rear of a truck and police called off the pursuit over safety fears, leaving the PolAir helicopter to follow the damaged Hyundai north.
The white Hyundai leads police on a chase through Sydney’s west on Thursday.Credit: Nine News
“My concern was that the vehicle had already been involved in an accident, so the driving was very reckless,” White said.
The Hyundai smashed into a traffic light at the intersection of Barclay and North Rocks roads in North Rocks about 11am, just metres from a school gate and shopping centre.
Dozens of officers were on the car within seconds, dragging out Ralston and Glover and arresting them.
Glover, 39, was wanted on two warrants including one for aggravated robbery.
One of the guns that police say they found in the car.Credit: NSW Police
Two rifles were pulled from the boot of the wrecked car – one was a sawn-off rifle, the other a gel blaster rifle, police said.
“It was just lucky no one was injured,” White said.
Police footage from the scene shows a large black gun, wrapped in material and in a black backpack, in the boot of the crashed car.
A woman and man were arrested at the scene.Credit: Nine News/TNV
A police officer can be seen removing the bag containing the gun and placing it on the kerbside.
Glover was hauled to his feet by officers and taken to a waiting car but officers stopped him at the last second and removed a chain from his neck and placed it in an evidence bag.
Ralston was handcuffed and sat, by police, on an electrical box next to the school fence. A sign behind her read “SLOW DOWN, KIDS DON’T BOUNCE”.
White said police recovered suspected stolen items from the car, and investigations were ongoing to see if the vehicle or its Queensland number plates had been stolen as well.
The pair were charged overnight and will appear before Parramatta Local Court on Friday after being refused bail.
Ralston is the mother of Latia Henderson who, at 18, partnered with a friend to abduct a third young woman in a crime that shocked Sydney in February 2021.
Henderson, now serving five years in prison, and her accomplice had stuffed their victim into the boot of a car after she was stabbed in the leg. The victim saved herself by pushing her arm out of the car’s broken tail light and waving for help.
There’s no suggestion the mother and daughter were involved in each other’s alleged offending.
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