Accused Edgeworth pursuit driver Nathan Douglas Rooke refused bail

Toronto courthouse.
Toronto courthouse.

A MAN accused of leading police on a pursuit through Edgeworth before running and jumping into a creek has been refused bail in Toronto Local Court.

Nathan Douglas Rooke, 38, appeared in court on Monday charged with a number of offences, including police pursuit, driving while disqualified, resisting arrest, refusing to provide a blood sample, possession of a prohibited drug and having custody of an offensive implement in public. 

He was on bail after previously being charged with break and enter and driving while disqualified, court documents state. 

He did not enter any pleas and was refused bail until the matter returns to court on April 30. Lake Macquarie police say they were patrolling in Neilsen Street at Edgeworth about 11.15pm on Sunday when they tried to stop a blue Holden ute for a random breath test. 

The driver allegedly failed to stop and sped off.

Police gave chase, before the driver fled on foot and jumped into a creek.

Police say they established a perimeter and arrested Mr Rooke after a struggle.