Man charged over police pursuit allegedly involved in New Lambton abduction

Police have charged a man over an alleged abduction after a pursuit through the Hunter in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Central Hunter Police District officers patrolling Kurri Kurri spotted a stolen Holden Commodore at Mitchell Avenue about 12.15am, but the car allegedly sped off as police tried to stop the driver.

Police started a pursuit and alleged the Commodore crashed into the footpath as it travelled along Sandgate Road, Birmingham Gardens.

After a short chase on foot, officers caught and arrested the 32-year-old driver.

A search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered stolen bank cards.

The man was charged with the take/detain in company with intent to get advantage, occasion actual bodily harm, unlicensed driving, driving conveyance taken without the consent of an owner, police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed, and carrying a cutting weapon upon apprehension.

He was refused bail in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday and will appear again on October 24.

Police will allege in court he was involved in the abduction and robbery of a 33-year-old man at New Lambton last weekend.