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Two in custody following fiery pursuit through Newcastle


Police arrested a couple following a pursuit through the Newcastle area, which ended in a car fire, on Thursday.

Just after 10.30am on 7 December, officers attached to a specialist command attempted to stop a white SUV on Fowler Street, Hamilton South.

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

However, it was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

With assistance from PolAir, the vehicle was tracked to Sygna Close, Rankin Park, where a passenger exited the SUV.

Police located a 26-year-old woman nearby who was taken to Waratah Police Station.

Afterwards, she was escorted to hospital for an assessment.

The vehicle continued before leaving the road and crashing on McCaffrey Drive, Rankin Park, catching alight.

Fire and Rescue NSW personnel then extinguished the fire.

The driver – a 27-year-old man – was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police have started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information – or who may have dashcam footage – is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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