A MAN is in hospital under police guard after crashing his car when fleeing officers over an alleged deliberately-lit fire.
A critical investigation has been launched following yesterday's incident where the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad received information from South Australia Police that the wanted man had travelled from Adelaide where the blaze sparked into NSW.
The matter was referred to the State Crime Command's Robbery and Serious Crime Squad who commenced an investigation to locate and arrest the man.
SAPOL, Southern Region and Western Region police joined forces to identify a black Holden Commodore as a vehicle of interest.
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With assistance from Polair, the vehicle was located at a car wash in West Wyalong about 6.20pm.
Officers from Murrumbidgee Police District approached the car before it fled the location, travelling at a high speed along the Newell Highway towards Parkes.
About 7.30pm, officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command commenced a pursuit of the vehicle on the Newell Highway near Parkes.
A short time later, the driver of the black Holden Commodore lost control of the car and collided with a roadside post.
NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and treated the man at the scene before he was airlifted to Westmead Hospital for further treatment.
The man remains in hospital under police guard in a stable condition.
The incident was declared a critical incident and an investigation commenced by a critical incident investigation team from Chifley Police District.
That investigation will be subject to an independent review.
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