A man has been charged following a pursuit with police in the Hunter region this afternoon.
About 1.30pm (Wednesday 22 June 2022), officers from Forster Traffic and Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Porsche Cayman on the Pacific Highway, Coolongolook, inland from Forster, after reports regarding its manner of driving.
The Porsche failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated, with the vehicle travelling southbound on the highway allegedly at speeds over 200km/h.
The vehicle travelled into the Heatherbrae township and entered a local car park, travelling around the carpark for some time.
The vehicle eventually exited the carpark onto Banks Street, before crashing into a fence.
The driver – a 20-year-old man – was not injured. He was arrested by police and was taken to Maitland Hospital for mandatory testing.
Subsequent inquiries revealed the vehicle was reportedly stolen from a South Brisbane address on Sunday (19 June 2022).
The man has since been taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station and charged with 11 offences including:
- Destroy or damage property
- Receive etc property stolen outside NSW
- Police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed
- Police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously
- Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous
- Negligent driving (3)
- Possess prohibited drug
- Never licensed person drive vehicle on road
He was refused bail to appear before Raymond Terrace Local Court on Thursday 23 June 2022.