EXPERIENCED Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone said it was the most dangerous series of police pursuits that he had ever come across.
Queensland parolee Kurt Thomas Meagher, 21, who told police he cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet at the border with NSW, and his girlfriend, Nikitah Kea Beadman, 23, are accused of an epic 675-kilometre, five day crime spree, which allegedly included a break-in at Port Macquarie, a series of "dangerous" police pursuits from Williamtown to Tighes Hill and ended with two desperate attempted carjackings after their stolen BMW became stuck on a median strip on Industrial Drive.
Motorists heading towards Williamtown about 4.10pm on Tuesday were forced to spear off the road as Mr Meagher allegedly drove the stolen BMW at more than 100km/h on the wrong side of Nelson Bay Road.
A short time later, while allegedly trying to negotiate a bend at about 100km/h, Mr Meagher lost control and went within a metre of having a head-on collision with a police car, according to a statement of police facts tendered in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
The potential danger to the public was so extreme that police repeatedly terminated the pursuits, at one point blocked the road so no other cars could follow the stolen BMW, called in Polair and ultimately used an unmarked police vehicle to follow the car as it sped over the Stockton bridge.
"The allegations are very concerning," Mr Stone said during a bail application for Ms Beadman. "A series of police pursuits throughout an evening and a day in which ... I don't think I've seen a worse set of facts involving police pursuits that have created a significant danger to the community."
While crossing Stockton bridge, Mr Meagher is accused of driving at more than 150km/h, swerving between multiple lanes and then undertaking numerous vehicles in the break-down lane.
And while allegedly trying to evade police, Mr Meagher is accused of crashing the stolen car into a Holden Barina on Cormorant Road at Kooragang Island.
He allegedly took off, heading into Mayfield and then Tighes Hill, where Mr Meagher allegedly tried to do a U-turn over a median strip but became stuck.
Mr Meagher and Ms Beadman allegedly jumped from the car and tried to carjack two motorists before police arrested them. They were refused bail on Wednesday.
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