Firearms, drugs, jewellery seized, man charged after pursuit – Pt Stephens-Hunter

Firearms, drugs and jewellery have been seized after a man was arrested following a pursuit through the Port Stephens-Hunter region overnight.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District saw a Toyota Hilux utility being driven along Government Road at Nelson Bay about 11.15pm (Saturday 22 May 2021), and directed the driver stop due to him being wanted on outstanding warrants.

Police will allege the driver, a 38-year-old man, instead accelerated and a pursuit was initiated through the suburbs of Nelson Bay, Salt Ash and Medowie, reaching speeds of up to 130km/h.

Two police vehicles were allegedly struck by the utility in Ferodale Road, Medowie, which continued at low speed due to sustaining significant damage. No police were injured.

About 11.50pm the driver left the ute on Federation Drive and ran into bushland.

Assistance was sought from the PolAir with the crew locating the man hiding in bushland a short time late. He was arrested without further incident.

When the ute was searched police seized a homemade firearm, a starter pistol, methamphetamine, and jewellery believed to be stolen

He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station, where he was charged with three outstanding warrants including a conviction warrant, revocation of parole warrant and breach of correctives order.

He has been refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Sunday 23 May 2021).

Charges are pending relating to the pursuit and seizure of the firearms, drugs and jewellery.

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