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Four charged after assaulting officers in Hunter Valley

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Investigations are continuing after four people were charged with a total of 43 offences, including assaulting police, in the Hunter Valley on Tuesday.

About 9am on 14 March, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were patrolling the Pokolbin area, when they detected a Toyota Hilux travelling at high speed on Broke Road.

When it failed to stop as directed, a pursuit was initiated through the Wollombi township with road spikes successfully deployed at Paynes Crossing.

The vehicle stopped at a nearby property and the four occupants fled before stealing a Nissan utility parked nearby and driving off.

A short time later, police again deployed road spikes, stopping the Nissan near bushland at Sweetmans Creek.

Again, the four occupants fled.

Following an extensive foot pursuit, a 37-year-old woman and three men – aged 26, 41 and 44 – were arrested and taken to Cessnock Police Station.

The 37-year-old female was charged with 23 offences, including: two outstanding warrants, break enter and steal, assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle, aggravated take/drive motor vehicle in company, three counts of drive while disqualified, two counts of use weapon to avoid lawful detention, three counts of resist arrest, two counts of assault police, be carried in conveyance without consent, two counts of take and drive conveyance without consent, two counts of police pursuit – drive recklessly, use weapon to avoid apprehension, goods in custody suspected of being stolen, and possess prohibited drug.

The 41-year-old male was charged with 11 offences, including: aggravated take/drive motor vehicle in company, drive while unlicensed, take/drive conveyance without consent, three counts of be carried in conveyance without consent, resist arrest, assault police in execution of duty, and three counts of use weapon to avoid lawful detention.

The 44-year-old man was charged with breach of bail, two counts of be carried in conveyance without consent, and resist police.

The 26-year-old male was charged with two counts of be carried in conveyance without consent, resist police, possess prohibited drug and possess offensive implement.

Police will allege in court the 41-year-old produced a knife and threatened police attempting to arrest him and the 37-year-old woman during the foot pursuit.

All four were refused bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court on Wednesday 15 March.

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