A man and woman have been charged after a car crashed into a house following a pursuit in the Hunter yesterday.
About 2.20pm (Thursday 18 June 2020), officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Traffic and Highway Patrol were patrolling the New England Highway near Telarah when they noticed a Holden Commodore allegedly travelling in excess of the sign-posted speed limit and attempted to stop it on Brooks Street.
The Holden allegedly failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated before it lost control at the intersection of Raymond Street and crashed through two fences and into a nearby house.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, allegedly attempted to flee on foot, despite suffering serious injuries. He was arrested at the scene.
The passenger, a 21-year-old woman, was trapped inside the vehicle before being freed by emergency services.
The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before the woman was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, while the man was taken to the same hospital by road ambulance. They remain in a stable condition under police guard.
Following inquiries, the driver was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous and, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period today (Friday 19 June 2020).
The passenger was charged with an outstanding warrant for traffic offences following an incident at Maitland on Monday 2 March 2020.
Both were refused bail and during bedside hearings were formally refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Monday 22 June 2020.