Former Olympic Sprinter Failed To Out-Run Police
Former Olympic sprinter Joel Milburn is accused of trying to out-run police when he was allegedly caught with a bag of cocaine in Surry Hills last month.
The 33-year-old, who ran for the Australian Olympic athletics team in Beijing and in London, made a quick dash into Downing Centre Local Court on Monday morning charged with several offences, including resisting arrest.
The charges relate to an incident on October 17 where detectives attached to Strike Force Northrop — a team investigating the ongoing supply of cocaine in Sydney’s CBD —tried to stop the former athlete as he left a licensed premises.
That’s when he’s alleged to have done a runner - and failed.
He was arrested a short distance away and is accused of trying to dispose of a small plastic bag containing a white substance in the process.
He was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, resisting arrest and hindering police and was ordered to attend court.
On Monday, his matter was heard by Registrar James Wiseman, and not unlike his personal best for the 400-metre sprint, it was over in under a 45 seconds.
It was adjourned for six weeks, until December 16, at which point his lawyer indicated he is likely to plead guilty.