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Maitland man accused of kidnapping, ramming police cars

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A Maitland man accused of kidnapping, assault and ramming police cars will face Newcastle Local Court on the weekend.

In March, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District began an investigation after a woman was allegedly assaulted by a male known to her at Upper Allyn.

When the 37-year-old man was unable to be located by police, a warrant was issued for his arrest and they began inquiries into his whereabouts.

Then on Friday 2 June, officers were called to the John Hunter Hospital after a woman had presented herself with serious injuries requiring surgery.

Further inquiries suggested she had allegedly been kidnapped by the male six weeks earlier and was held against her will.

Twenty-four hours later, on Saturday 3 June, it’s believed the man also attacked officers during an attempted arrest, before he fled the scene in a Jeep Cherokee towing a camper trailer.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle on Kendall Street in Bellbird.

However, when the driver failed to obey directions, a pursuit was initiated.

It continued through Kulnura, where the Jeep swerved to avoid road spikes and collided with a tree, causing the trailer to separate from the vehicle.

Police terminated the pursuit shortly after due to safety concerns.

Just before 5pm on Friday 23 June, an off-duty officer observed the man travelling in an allegedly stolen Toyota Landcruiser on the New England Highway in East Maitland.

He was followed to the carpark of the Metford Railway Station where he was approached by police.

It will be claimed the man then rammed two police vehicles before rolling the Landcruiser.

The Senior Constables – both males – suffered minor injuries during the arrest.

The man was taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital under police guard for assessment.

He then returned to the station and was charged with twenty-three offences including:

  • Two counts of common assault (DV)
  • Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (domestic)
  • Take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage cause actual bodily harm (DV)
  • Four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV)
  • Reckless grievous bodily harm (DV)
  • Two counts of use etc offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention
  • Two counts of hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty
  • Two counts of assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm
  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously
  • Destroy or damage property
  • Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period
  • Two counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception
  • Aggravated B&E & commit serious indictable offence-armed
  • Take and drive conveyance w/o consent of owner
  • Drive recklessly/furiously or speed manner dangerous

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Sunday 25 June.

Investigations are continuing.

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