Men refused bail over wild Nowra police chase after Kiama armed robbery

AFTERMATH: Police search the white Subaru Impreza after Tuesday's chase came to an abrupt halt in Kalander Street, Nowra, when the car crashed.
AFTERMATH: Police search the white Subaru Impreza after Tuesday's chase came to an abrupt halt in Kalander Street, Nowra, when the car crashed.

Two men charged over an alleged armed robbery in Kiama and wild police pursuit in Nowra on Tuesday have appeared in court.

Jake Burns, 21, of Mangerton, in Wollongong and Ethan Robert Gualdi, 18, of Nowra, faced a number of charges in Nowra Local Court on Wednesday

Burns is charged with robbery in company and being carried in a stolen car, while Gualdi is charged with robbery in company, using a stolen vehicle, police pursuit and being unlicensed.

Neither man entered pleas to the charges nor applied for bail which was formally refused by Magistrate Gabriel Fleming.

The charges stem from an alleged armed robbery in Manning Street, Kiama around 2.10pm on November 14, in which one of the men is accused of threatening a staff member of a general store with a knife and demanding money.

Court papers said the man was allegedly handed $887 before running from the store and being driven away from the scene.

Lake Illawarra Police, investigating the alleged robbery, circulated a description of the getaway car, a Subaru Impreza, on police radio.

Around 2.30pm, a vehicle matching the description was seen on Bolong Road, Bomaderry, before being spotted again a short time later in the Nowra CBD,  starting a wild chase in Berry Street.

The alleged high-speed police chase came to an end at the corner of Kalander and McKay streets in Nowra East, when the Subaru travelled at high speed across Kalander Street, mounting a nature strip and colliding with a timber barrier before crashing into the gutter.

The two men inside the vehicle allegedly attempted to run from the area but were arrested by police.

During the pursuit, an unmarked police car was struck by a truck at the intersection of McKay Street and the Princes Highway.

Burns and Gualdi will reappear in Wollongong Local Court on November 22.