Driver accused of Adelaide car chase that left journalist with serious injuries faces court

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Holden Hill man Luigi Gligora outside court on Wednesday. (ABC News: Claire Campbell)

A man accused of evading police and causing a crash that seriously injured an Adelaide journalist has faced court for the first time.

Holden Hill man Luigi Gligora, 47, faced the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where he was given new bail conditions.

Mr Gligora has been charged with causing serious harm by dangerous driving.

Police have said they attempted to stop a silver ute he was allegedly driving on Currie Street in Adelaide’s CBD in October.

In a statement at the time, officers said that, as they approached the vehicle, the driver sped off, travelling south on West Terrace and then crashing into the rear of another sedan.

The Advertiser’s deputy editor Ben Hyde – who was driving that sedan on his way home from work — was seriously injured in the crash.

He and Mr Gligora, who also sustained serious injuries, were taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital via ambulance for treatment.

Almost a month later, police arrested and charged Mr Gligora.

Mr Gligora has now been placed on a new bail agreement, requiring him to visit the Holden Hill police station every Friday.

He has also been banned from leaving South Australia and from having a firearm.

Outside court, Mr Hyde said he was feeling okay.

“I’m not going to comment too much today but the recovery’s going well,” he told reporters.

The matter will return to court in April.

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