Newcastle Herald

Man refused bail after allegedly bulldozing house

A MAN has been charged after allegedly driving a bulldozer through a house at Teralba, Lake Macquarie, on Monday.

About 7.10am, police were called to a home on The Weir Road after reports a bulldozer had crushed three parked vehicles at the house.

Investigators have been told a 48-year-old man allegedly drove a bulldozer over the top of three vehicles parked in front of the house, and another that was parked at the side of the property.

The man then allegedly drove the vehicle toward a 29-year-old man who'd been sleeping in a detached garage on the property.

He stopped pursuing the man a short time later and turned the bulldozer toward the house, before continuing over the building until it was demolished.

A neighbour ran to the property and assisted a 56-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 15 and 20, from the home before it was destroyed.

No one was injured during the incident.

Local police, with assistance from the Dog Unit, smashed the window to the bulldozer's cabin, before deploying OC spray to subdue the driver. An officer was then able to press an emergency stop button to stall the bulldozer.

The 48-year-old man was subsequently arrested and taken to Charlestown Police Station, where he was charged with:

  • Breach AVO;
  • Enter inclosed land premises without lawful excuse;
  • Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner;
  • Destroy or damage property >$ 5,000 <$15,000 (five counts);
  • Destroy or damage property >$15,000;
  • Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical (four counts);
  • Affray;
  • Custody of knife in public place; 
  • Intimidate police officer in execution of duty; and, 
  • Destroy/damage property with intent to endanger life.

He was refused bail and to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday.

It's alleged the bulldozer had been stolen from a plant on Railway Crescent, Teralba, during a separate incident.


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