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Officer injured following pursuit near Maitland

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A man will face court on Thursday following an alleged police pursuit near Maitland where an officer was injured.

About 11.40am on Wednesday 6 March, officers attached to Hunter Region Enforcement Squad (RES) attempted to stop a BMW sedan on Lawes Street as part of the ongoing drug supply investigation.

As police approached the vehicle, the driver reversed and collided with a male officer before fleeing the scene.

He was assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Maitland Hospital for the treatment to a leg injury.

The BMW was then sighted by Port Stephens-Hunter Police in Chisholm a short time later, who initiated a pursuit.

Road spikes were deployed on Harvest Boulevard and the vehicle came to a stop on Raymond Terrace Road where the driver fled into nearby bushland.

Following a search of the area, police located a 40-year-old man and, following a short struggle in which a taser was deployed, he was arrested.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously; assault police officer in execution of duty; use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention; drive motor vehicle during disqualification period; knowingly deal with proceeds of crime; deal with property proceeds of crime; possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit; possess unauthorised pistol; and three counts of possess prohibited drug.

He was also charged with more than 50 drug supply charges including two counts of supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity; two counts of supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity; 15 counts of supply prohibited drug – indictable quantity; 30 counts of supply prohibited drug; and two counts of supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.

He was refused bail to appear before Maitland Local Court on Thursday 7 March.

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