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Man charged following police pursuit through Newcastle

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Hunter police have charged a Windale man following a pursuit through the streets of Newcastle this week.

About 11.20am on Wednesday 7 February, officers were patrolling Brown Street when they sighted a white Toyota Hilux believed to have been stolen from a Nelson Bay address on Saturday 27 January.

As they approached the vehicle, the driver allegedly drove into the rear of a parked car before accelerating away from the scene.

A pursuit was initiated, continuing through Honeysuckle Drive towards Hannell Street, where the chase was terminated.

A short time later, police located the vehicle abandoned in the rail corridor near Newcastle Interchange.

Following information from members of the public, a 39-year-old man was located and arrested on Beaumont Street a short time later.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police located and seized five paintball guns and related equipment, believed to have been stolen earlier from a Cooranbong business.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, not give particulars to owner of damaged property, and possess paintball marker outside authorised paintball venue.

The man was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 8 February.

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