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Man charged after hitting two people during burn-outs


Police have arrested a 22-year-old man who allegedly hit two people while doing burn-outs in Port Stephens last week.

About 11.40pm on Friday 15 March, emergency services were called to Somerset Drive, North Arm Cove.

A 20-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl received treatment from NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were informed a white Ford Falcon was allegedly performing burn-outs in front of a crowd when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

He then hit a power pole, as well as the two females standing nearby.

The vehicle caught alight with the driver fleeing the scene.

Officers investigated the incident with the assistance of the Crash Investigation Unit.

Following extensive inquiries, a man was arrested at Maitland Police Station about 7am on Monday 18 March.

There, the 22-year-old was charged with two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct (in charge of motor vehicle), interfere with person’s enjoyment or risk safety, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury, negligent driving, and drive motor vehicle while licence suspended.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 6 May.

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