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Firearm, drugs seized after pursuit at Raymond Terrace

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A man has been charged after police seized a firearm and drugs following a pursuit in the Hunter region yesterday.

About 3.15am on Saturday 6 February, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were conducting routine patrols on Tathra Street, Raymond Terrace, when they attempted to stop a Toyota Kluger for the purposes of a random breath test.

When it allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit started.

It’s alleged the Toyota also reversed into the front of the marked police vehicle, before driving through a large steel gate at a property on Sabre Close, causing extensive damage.

Police arrested a 26-year-old man at the scene, and a 27-year-old man after a short foot pursuit.

Following a search of the vehicle, police seized a handgun, methylamphetamine and cannabis.

No one was injured.

The 27-year-old driver has been charged with:

  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly;
  • Destroy or damage property;
  • Possess unauthorised pistol;
  • Not keep firearm safely-prohibited firearm;
  • Possess prohibited drug;
  • Receive property stolen outside NSW;
  • Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen motor vehicle; and
  • Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period – first offence.

He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Sunday 7 February).

The 26-year-old passenger was released, pending further inquiries.

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