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Driver charged following police pursuit through Cessnock

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A Sydney man has been charged with numerous offences following a pursuit with police in the Hunter Valley overnight.

About 10.30pm on Wednesday 24 January, officers attached to Hunter Valley Police District were patrolling Mount View Road, Cessnock, when they attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla.

When the driver failed to obey directions, a pursuit was initiated, continuing towards Abermain.

At Abermain, road spikes were deployed, and the vehicle came to a stop a short time later.

A search of the car allegedly revealed several items of interest including an unauthorised number plate, ID and bank cards believed to have been stolen, and a substance understood to be cannabis.

A 23-year-old male was arrested and taken to Cessnock Police Station, while the passenger was released without incident.

He was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road, use uninsured motor vehicle on road, and possess prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail to appear before Cessnock Local Court on Thursday 25 January.

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