A MAN who stands accused of taking police on a pursuit through Newcastle on Tuesday has been refused bail.
Michael Parry, 31, has been charged with a string of traffic, firearms and drug offences, after he allegedly sped off when officers tried to pull him over on Sandgate Road in Wallsend shortly after 3.30pm.
Police said they called off the pursuit due to safety reasons.
However, police said they found Mr Parry’s Holden Commodore shortly afterwards on Loma Street in Waratah West.
According to police, the 31-year-old “fled into swamp land” before the dog squad traced him to a nearby creek, where he was arrested.
A search of the man’s car allegedly revealed a 12-gauge sawn-off shotgun.
Police also allegedly located a “small” amount of ice during a body search.
The man was a disqualified driver and prohibited from owning a firearm, police said.
Mr Parry was refused bail in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
The matter was adjourned to January 8.