Police lay charges after police pursuit at Lake Macquarie

Nine people, including eight teenagers, have been charged following a police pursuit in the Hunter region today.

About 11.15am (Wednesday 28 July 2021), officers attached to Newcastle-Hunter Traffic and Highway Patrol observed a grey Honda Civic allegedly travelling at speed southbound on the Hunter Expressway.

The vehicle allegedly reached speeds in excess of 200km/h in a sign-posted 110km/h zone. A pursuit was initiated at Church Street, Minmi, before being terminated in Wallsend, due to the manner of driving.

The vehicle was subsequently sighted by several police vehicles across Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie Police Districts, before being abandoned at Arthur Street, Cardiff, shortly after midday.

A perimeter was established by officers from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City, Port Stephens-Hunter and Hunter Valley Police Districts, assisted by PolAir, the Dog Unit and the Police Transport Command.

Following inquiries, a 19-year-old woman and eight teenagers – aged between 13 and 17 – were arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station.

The woman was charged with being carried in a conveyance without the owner’s consent and breaching bail.

She was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 29 July 2021).

A 15-year-old teenage boy was charged with police pursuit – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, take & drive conveyance without consent of owner and not give particulars to other driver.

He was refused bail to appear in a children’s court today (Thursday 29 July 2021).

A 16-year-old teenage boy was charged with breaching bail and being carried in a conveyance without the owner’s consent.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before a children’s court on Monday 2 August 2021.

The other six teens were released into the care of their respective parents and will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

All nine will be issued with PINs for failing to comply with noticed direction in relation to Section 7/8/9 – COVID 19.

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