Man, 22, charged after allegedly driving nearly 70km/h over the speed limit at Shortland

HIGHWAY patrol officers have charged a man after he allegedly drove nearly 70km/h over the speed limit in a stolen motorbike before crashing into police at Shortland.

It is alleged the 22-year-old was detected driving 157km/h in a 90km/h zone on Main Road shortly before noon on Saturday.

A police statement said officers attempted to stop the rider but he lost control and collided with the nearside of a highway patrol motorcycle.

Police allege the bike was stolen more than six months ago from an address at Caves Beach.

The rider was charged on a string of offences including police pursuit (Skye’s Law), dangerous driving and assault police.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Sunday.

The arrest comes at the same time scores of police from across the state are in Newcastle for Supercars.

Police have warned motorists they will not tolerate “hoon-like” driving on the Hunter’s roads.