Man crashes his drug filled van into two parked police cars, gets caught

A man who crashed his van into two parked police cars in Sydney’s north-west led to the discovery of hundreds of kilograms of drugs.

Simon Tu, 28 on the morning of of July 22, 2019 drifted to the wrong side of the road and crashed into two cars parked outside Eastwood police station.

He did not stop to provide his details and police went looking for him, finding him an hour later in the nearby suburb of Ryde.

Tu was nervous, shaking and fidgeting as he told officers he had experienced a microsleep.

When police searched the back of the van, they found multiple cardboard boxes packed with crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice. In total, he was transporting 260.47 kilograms of the substance, with a purity ranging from 71.5 to 80.5 per cent.

He pleaded guilty this year to supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

District Court Judge Penelope Hock jailed Tu for 6½ years with a non-parole period of four. He was also convicted on two lesser charges of negligent driving and failing to give particulars to police.

Tu has refused to tell the police where the drugs came from or who told him to pick them up.

The court heard he has a history of gambling and using cocaine, and owed money “commercially as well as personally”.

On the morning he was arrested, an officer asked Tu: “What’s the go? You owe people money, or just wanted to make some quick cash?”

“Something like that,” Tu responded.

Tu, who has been in custody since his arrest, will be eligible for parole in July 2023.