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Man charged following police pursuit; officer injured

A man has been charged following a police pursuit, which started in the Hunter and ended at the Central Coast earlier today, that’s left an officer with a fractured wrist and facial injuries.

Police will allege in court that, about 11am on Thursday 11 February, officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District attempted to pull over a black Mercedes on the Pacific Highway at Murrays Beach.

The 26-year-old male driver failed to stop – and a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle continued south on the Pacific Highway and the M1.

At the Kariong exit on the M1, the Mercedes crashed into two police cars injuring a male Senior Constable attached to Central Coast Highway Patrol.

The officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where he will now undergo surgery for a fractured wrist.

The vehicle involved was searched and officers found a knife and a small amount of methamphetamine.

The driver was arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit drive dangerously, disqualified driving, resist arrest, drug possession and possess knife in a public place.

He was refused bail and will appear in Gosford Local Court on Friday 12 February.

As inquiries into the crash continue, investigators are calling for anyone who may have dash-cam vision of the pursuit to come forward.

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