A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with 11 offences after a police chase through the suburbs of Newcastle on Wednesday morning.
At 8.55am Wednesday police were patrolling Beaumont Street, Hamilton when they sighted a stolen Volkswagen Amarok utility. Police attempted to pullover the vehicle however it failed to stop, leading police on a short pursuit before it was abandoned due to safety concerns.
About an hour later police again sighted the vehicle on Maitland Road, Islington with significant damage to the wheels. A second pursuit was authorised involving officers from the police dog unit and Lake Macquarie Target Action Group. The pursuit travelled though the suburbs of Tighes Hill, Mayfield, Mayfield West and Warabrook. Whilst in Warabrook the vehicle travelled through a park colliding with a residential fence on Maitland Road and injuring 62-year-old female who was standing at the front of a premises.
The pursuit travelled back through Mayfield and concluded in Platt Street, Waratah with the vehicle leaving the road due to wheel and tyre damage. Police, with the assistance of a police dog, arrested the 20-year-old male driver. A 23-year-old female passenger was arrested without incident and both were taken to Waratah police station.
The male was charged with 11 offences including take and drive conveyance without consent, two counts of police pursuit, drive vehicle across railway crossing contrary to sign, fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury, two counts of not give particulars following collision, assault police, resist arrest, drive with license suspended and drive recklessly/furiously. He was bail refused and conveyed to hospital in relation to a prior medical condition. A bedside hearing was conducted and he was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Local Court on January 17, 2019.
The female was charged with being carried in conveyance without consent of owner and released on conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on January 31, 2019.
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