A man has been charged after police seized a firearm and drugs following a pursuit in the Hunter region yesterday.
About 3.15am, Saturday 6 February 2021, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were conducting routine patrols on Tathra Street, Raymond Terrace, when they attempted to stop a Toyota Kluger for the purposes of a random breath test.
When it allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit commenced.
It’s alleged the Toyota also reversed into the front of the marked police vehicle, before driving through a large steel gate at a property on Sabre Close, causing extensive damage.
Police arrested a 26-year-old man at the scene, and a 27-year-old man after a short foot pursuit.
Following a search of the vehicle, police seized a handgun, methylamphetamine and cannabis.
No one was injured.
The 27-year-old driver has been charged with:
- Police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly
- Destroy or damage property
- Possess unauthorised pistol
- Not keep firearm safely-prohibited firearm
- Possess prohibited drug
- Receive property stolen outside NSW
- Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen m/v
- Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period – first offence.
He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Sunday 7 February 2021).
The 26-year-old passenger was released, pending further inquiries.