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Police pursuit through Newcastle ends in crash

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A 25-year-old man has been charged following a reckless pursuit, and fleeing the scene, in the Hunter region on Wednesday.

About 5.30pm on 5 January, officers attached to the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command were travelling north on Stewart Avenue, Hamilton South, when they observed a white Ford Falcon driving in a dangerous manner.

A short time later, police sighted the vehicle travelling on Wallsend and Maitland Road, Sandgate.

Police then attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver failed to obey their directions.

A pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle ended up crashing into another vehicle travelling in the same direction before stopping about 20 meters into marshland.

When it stopped, the driver fled the scene on foot before he was arrested at Hexham.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital for testing before being escorted to the Waratah Police Station.

The driver was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, not obey direction of police/authorised person, negligent driving, use unregistered registrable class A motor vehicle on road, use uninsured motor vehicle, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period and not give particulars to other driver (2).

Thankfully, no-one was injured in the crash.

The man was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 6 January.

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