Man charged after pursuit – Hunter region

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:

  • Larceny
  • 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.

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