Man charged after pursuit in Newcastle

Police have charged a man after a pursuit with a stolen vehicle in Newcastle yesterday, NSW Police say.

About 1.40am yesterday, officers from Port Stephens Local Area Command were patrolling Maitland Road, Hexham, when they saw a blue Ford Falcon, which has been confirmed as stolen.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle and initiated a pursuit.

The car was pursued for a short period of time before it attempted to negotiate a right hand bend at the intersection of Maitland Road and Bryant Street, Tighes Hill and hit a wall, causing it to roll.

The driver, a 27-year-old man, was removed from the vehicle and arrested after being subdued with OC spray.

The man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital for observations.

He was charged with police pursuit (Skye’s law), drive whilst disqualified, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, resist officer in execution of duty, custody of a knife in a public place, and an outstanding warrant.

After a bedside court hearing, the man was bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 20 October 2016.

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