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Firearm, DV charges laid following police pursuit in Newcastle

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A man has been charged with a raft of firearm and domestic violence offences following a pursuit through Newcastle on Thursday.

About 3.10pm on 8 February, officers from Newcastle City Police District were patrolling Hunter Street, Newcastle West.

They attempted to stop the driver of a vehicle wanted in relation to alleged domestic violence (DV) transgressions.

When he failed to obey directions, a pursuit was initiated before it was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

It proved a smart move, with the vehicle crashing into a building at the intersection of Hunter and Florence streets.

The driver – a 34-year-old man – then allegedly assaulted police after a foot pursuit, before he was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station.

Police searched the vehicle and located drugs and firearms, which were seized.

The man was charged with contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (Domestic) – two counts; police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously; licence expired within the last two years; use class A vehicle displaying altered number-plate; assault police officer in execution of duty without ABH; assault police officer in execution of duty cause ABH; hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty; possess prohibited drug; possess unregistered firearm in public place; acquire etc firearm – subject to prohibition order; possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority; possess unregistered firearm-pistol; and acquire etc pistol-subject to firearms prohibition order.

He’ll appear at Newcastle Local Court on Friday 9 February.

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