Motorcycle rider charged after police pursuit – Lake Macquarie

A man will appear in court today after a police pursuit in the Lake Macquarie area this week.

About 12.20am on Wednesday (11 December 2019), police observed a Black Harley Davidson motorcycle travelling south on Merrigum Street, Windale – south of Newcastle.

The motorcycle rider attempted to avoid police using a median strip before speeding away in a northerly direction.

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District pursued the bike as it travelled down Balemo Crescent and Cooreen Way, before the motorcycle, driven by a 25-year-old man, crashed at speed into a concrete garden bed on Cooreen Way.

The man then fled the scene, followed on foot by police and the dog unit.

Upon searching the motorcycle, police located a small, single shot-handgun lying on the ground.

Shortly after, the man was located in a garden on Kestrel Avenue in Mount Hutton.

He was arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station before being transferred to John Hunter Hospital to be treated for minor burns, minor lacerations and a possible broken collarbone.

Upon release from hospital, the 24-year-old was charged with the following offences:

Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period
Acquire pistol-subject to firearms prohibition order
Possess unregistered firearm-pistol
Not keep firearm safely-pistol
Possess unregistered unauthorised pistol in public place
Refuse or fail to submit to taking of blood sample
He was refused bail to appear in Belmont Local Court today (Friday 13 December 2019).

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