Why driver crashed with $200m of drugs
Police have explained why they believe a man accused of transporting $200 million worth of drugs in Sydney smashed into two parked police cars - leading to his arrest.
Detective Superintendent David Waddell told the Today show it was likely a moment of inattention that caused the crash.
"We are still confirming (the cause of the crash) at this stage," he said.
"But definitely there was a momentary lapse of concentration.
"You see the van swerve and hit the police vehicles and then drive off.
"Obviously, we responded, reviewed CCTV and went out patrolling, and the inspector stopped the vehicle in Church Road at Ryde and came up with the result that he did, which was a great result by him due to some good police work."
Supt Waddell said the driver was nervous when police caught up with him.
He's since been charged with large commercial drug supply and was refused bail.
The 28-year-old man was driving a Toyota HiAce when he allegedly hit police cars parked out the front of Eastwood Police Station just after 10.30am on Monday.
No one was injured, but one of the police vehicles was significantly damaged.
About an hour after the incident, the driver of the vehicle was stopped on Church St, Ryde by police.
The officer spoke to the man before conducting a search of the van where he found a series of boxes.
Inside the boxes were multiple bags of a crystalline substance, which returned a positive testing for methylamphetamine.
Police seized 273kg of ice, which has an estimated street value of more than $200 million.
The van was also seized for an extensive forensic examination.
The driver was arrested and charged with large commercial drug supply, negligent driving and not giving his particulars to police.
Investigations are continuing, and motorists with dashcam footage or CCTV from the area between 10.30am and 11.30am are urged to contact police.