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Man charged following car theft, pursuit near Maitland

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A man will face Maitland Local Court on Thursday following the theft of a car, and subsequent pursuit, at Raworth this week.

About 7.50am on Wednesday 28 February, police attended Laurie Drive where they sighted a Toyota Hilux, which had earlier been reported as stolen.

As officers approached the vehicle, the driver drove away and a pursuit was initiated, continuing towards Tenambit.

However, it came to an end, a short time later, on Korbel Street, after the Hilux crashed through a fence.

The driver then fled the scene, with PolAir and the Dog Unit brought in to assist.

Following inquiries, a 22-year-old man was arrested inside a home on O’Hearn Street, Tenambit.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

He was also charged with a further 17 offences regarding other matters, including five counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception; hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty; drive motor vehicle during disqualification period; use etc offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention etc; assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm; not give particulars to other driver; destroy or damage property; goods in personal custody suspected being stolen; take and drive conveyance without consent of owner; drive conveyance taken without consent of owner; drive while licence cancelled; enter vehicle or boat without consent of owner/occupier; and larceny.

He has been refused bail to appear before Maitland Local Court on 29 February.

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