A man has been arrested following a police pursuit in the Newcastle area yesterday.
About 12pm (Tuesday 10 September 2019), officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attempted to stop a Toyota Camry in Christie Avenue, Tarro, in relation to a fraud matter.
When the vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated. It was terminated shortly after in the suburb of Beresfield due to safety concerns.
The vehicle was again spotted on Anderson Drive, Beresfield. Another pursuit was initiated before being terminated near Hexham on the New England Highway, once more due to safety concerns.
The vehicle travelled through a number of suburbs including Maitland, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.
Police surveillance observed the Camry driving at speed and in a dangerous manner before entering the Newcastle University.
Upon entering a dead-end street within the University campus, police attempted to speak with the man before he fled on foot. He was arrested nearby after a short foot pursuit.
The vehicle had not been secured and it subsequently crashed into a garden after rolling down the street. No one was injured.
Upon searching the vehicle, police located a large amount of alleged stolen property and stolen number plates. Police seized 13 different registration plates, cards, a wallet, and five mobile phones.
The 32-year-old man was taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with two counts of larceny, dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc. by deception, five counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception, drive while licence cancelled, use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road and police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously.
He was refused bail and will appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 11 September 2019).