Man charged with array of offences following pursuits ending near Singleton

A man has been charged with multiple offences after police pursuits ending near Singleton last night.

Just after 6pm (Friday 20 September 2019), officers attached to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting stationary speed enforcement on Putty Road at Mellong, when they attempted to stop a Mitsubishi Outlander which was allegedly travelling at 125km/h in a 100km/h zone.

A pursuit was initiated when the Mitsubishi failed to stop, during which time it allegedly reached high speeds and crossed to the incorrect side of the road multiple times.

The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns, before another pursuit was initiated on Putty Road at Howes Valley.

Road spikes were deployed on Broke Road near the intersection of Putty Road which caused the vehicle to leave the road and collide with a tree before coming to a stop.

The driver – a 34-year-old man – was arrested and taken to John Hunter Hospital under police guard for treatment to minor injuries.

The passenger – a 37-year-old woman – was also taken to John Hunter Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The man has been charged by virtue of two outstanding warrants, police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously (x2), exceed speed limit over 20km/h, drive whilst licence suspended, goods in custody, possess prohibited drug, and other traffic-related offences.

He was refused bail to appear via AVL at Newcastle Bail Court today (Saturday 21 September 2019).

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