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Man charged after police pursuit in Hunter region

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A man will appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court today following a police pursuit in the Hunter region on Wednesday afternoon.

About 1.30pm on 22 June, officers from Forster Traffic and Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Porsche Cayman on the Pacific Highway, Coolongolook, inland from Forster, after reports regarding its manner of driving.

The driver failed to obey directions and a pursuit was initiated, with the vehicle travelling southbound on the highway allegedly at speeds more than 200km/h.

The Porsche travelled into the Heatherbrae township and entered a local car park, travelling around the carpark for some time.

The vehicle eventually exited the premises onto Banks Street, before crashing into a fence.

The driver, believed to be a 20-year-old man, was not injured.

However, he was arrested by police and was taken to New Maitland Hospital for mandatory testing.

Subsequent inquiries revealed the vehicle was reportedly stolen from a South Brisbane address on Sunday 19 June.

The man was then taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station and charged with 11 offences, including larceny; destroy or damage property; receive etc property stolen outside NSW; police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed; police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously; drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous; negligent driving (3); possess prohibited drug and never licensed person drive vehicle on road.

He was refused bail to appear before court on Thursday 23 June.

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