Man charged after police pursuit in Maitland


A man will face court today (Tuesday 28 April), following charges over a police pursuit in Maitland overnight.

At about 1.35am, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were patrolling the Rutherford area when they saw a Hyundai Tuscon on Harvey Road.

After turning on to the New England Highway, officers attempted to stop the Hyundai; however, it failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated, travelling through several suburbs.

At the end of Wallace Street, South Maitland, the Hyundai drove through a timber fence and the backyard of a home on Anzac Street, before colliding with police on Bloomfield Street.

The driver, an 18-year-old man, got out and ran away before being arrested by police.

He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Maitland Hospital for treatment.

During a search of the car, officers allegedly located property believed to have been stolen.

The man was later returned to Maitland Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, and resist officer in execution of duty, and breach of bail.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.