Police charge man after police pursuit at Lake Macquarie

A man will face court today charged over an alleged pursuit in Lake Macquarie.

About 3pm yesterday (Monday 30 March 2020), officers from the Lake Macquarie Police District Target Action Group were patrolling the Belmont North area when they saw a blue Ford Falcon – which had been reported stolen from Forster last week – outside a property on Leicester Street.

Officers conducted inquiries at the nearby homes and the surrounding area before a 32-year-old man allegedly got in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and sped from police.

Police initiated a pursuit which continued through several streets in Belmont before the vehicle travelled northbound onto the Pacific Highway at Gateshead, reaching speeds of around 110km/h in a signposted 60km/h zone.

The driver continued north, allegedly at speed, through a red light before the vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and South Street, Windale.

Police arrested a 32-year-old man and took him to Belmont Police Station.

He has been charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, and drive whilst unlicensed.

He has been refused bail to face Newcastle Local Court today (Tuesday 31 March 2020).

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