The man who caused $50,000 worth of damage when he rammed into a petrol bowser at Empire Bay trying to escape police has made a plea in court. Read the full story here.

A man with an “apparent disregard for law enforcement” was forced out of a stolen car by police at gunpoint after ramming a petrol bowser trying to escape, a court has heard.

Ty White appeared at Gosford Local Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to six offences including reckless driving, using an offensive weapon to avoid arrest, driving a stolen car, supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

An agreed set of police facts states the 25-year-old had an extensive criminal history with 33 matters mainly for driving while disqualified, stealing cars, police pursuits and drug and weapon offences.

CCTV images of White before ramming the car into the petrol bowser. Picture: 7 NEWSCCTV images of White before ramming the car into the petrol bowser. Picture: 7 NEWS

At 9.22pm on Saturday, September 12, White attended the Liberty service station at Empire Bay.

As he was waiting for the fuel pump to operate he saw an unmarked police car passing the service station.

“In a panic the accused was seen to run towards the front entrance of the service station before returning to the vehicle,” the facts state.

Police noticed the silver Ford Focus parked at the pump and recognised White running back towards the vehicle.

Police pulled up in front of the Focus where they saw White trying to start the car.

One officer got out and demanded White get out but White kept revving the engine before putting it in reverse.

Ty White has pleaded guilty to ramming the petrol bowser at Empire Bay. Picture: FacebookTy White has pleaded guilty to ramming the petrol bowser at Empire Bay. Picture: Facebook

Without checking behind him White accelerated at speed and “collided heavily with the fuel pump”.

“The driver’s side rear has impacted with the fuel pumps where the vehicle has lifted approximately 2-3 metres in the air before returning to the ground,” the facts state.

“The accused, disorientated by this, has again continued to rev the vehicle’s engine again attempting to engage a gear.”

The officer, believing White was going to drive straight at him drew his firearm and yelled at the offender to “stop the car, stop the f’n car”.

White was forcefully removed from the car by police at gunpoint. Picture: 7 NEWSWhite was forcefully removed from the car by police at gunpoint. Picture: 7 NEWS

White refused to comply and put the car into third gear when the car lurched forward a couple of metres and stalled.

“The accused has again attempted to restart the vehicle however police were standing next to the driver’s door where the accused surrendered at gunpoint and was forcefully removed from the vehicle,” police facts state.

Police searched him and found a resealable bag containing 2.66g of methamphetamine in his underwear.

They also found a silver set of metal knuckle dusters and $1800 cash in his bum bag slung over his shoulder at the time.

The damage to the petrol bowser estimated to be $50,000 to replace the whole thing. Picture: 7 NEWSThe damage to the petrol bowser estimated to be $50,000 to replace the whole thing. Picture: 7 NEWS

He told police he won the cash on the pokies but he was unable to provide any details or a receipt for his winnings.

“Due to the amount of cash and drugs, and the fact the accused’s phone was continually ringing, police believe the accused was supplying prohibited drugs,” the facts state.

Back at the station White declined to be interviewed and checks revealed he had borrowed the car but did not give it back on time, which was supported by a text from the owner to White saying if he didn’t return the car he would report it to the police.

The facts state it was fortunate for police and members of the public no one was hurt and the staff at the service station prevented a “catastrophic repercussions” because of the damage — estimated to be $50,000 — to the fuel pumps.

Magistrate Jennifer Price ordered White to undergo a pre-sentence report before adjourning him for sentence on August 5.

Extracted in full from:Empire Bay: Ty White pleads guilty to ramming petrol bowser and other offences | Daily Telegraph

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