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Man to face court following police pursuit in stolen car

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A man will face Maitland Local Court on Wednesday following a police pursuit in the Lower Hunter.

About 11.05am on Tuesday 4 June, officers were called to Finney Close, Rutherford.

The action occurred after reports of a man allegedly acting suspiciously near a white utility.

The vehicle drove off before officers from the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District arrived.

A short time later, the ute – which had been reported stolen, was located on High Street, Maitland.

Officers activated their lights and sirens and attempted to stop the utility.

When the driver failed to obey the directive, a short pursuit was initiated.

However, it was terminated due to safety concerns.

Soon after, the vehicle was found abandoned on the riverbank.

A man, aged 28, was arrested nearby and taken to Maitland Police Station.

He was charged with seven offences – steal motor vehicle, take and drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, police pursuit – not stop – driver dangerously, drive whilst disqualified, goods in custody, possess housebreaking implements and custody of a knife in a public place.

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