Man charged over pursuit, high-speed crash

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A MAN has been charged with multiple offences after allegedly leading police on a dangerous high-speed pursuit through Wallsend, in Newcastle’s west on Friday night.

Police say they were patrolling Newcastle Road at around 7.50pm, when officers spotted a Nissan Pathfinder bearing stolen number plates.


Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, however the driver allegedly sped off, sparking a pursuit.

The Pathfinder was followed onto Thomas Street where, at the intersection of Metcalfe Street, it allegedly sped through a red traffic light and smashed into a Holden Astra with three people inside, two of whom were children.

A 38-year-old woman driving the Astra sustained a fractured wrist, while her six year-old daughter and nine-year-old son were shaken but not physically injured.

The 37-year-old male driver of the 4WD was arrested a short time later in the backyard of a nearby home.

He was taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with seven offences:

  • Drive furiously in motor vehicle do/cause bodily harm
  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously
  • Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period
  • Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous (Skye’s law)
  • Fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury
  • Use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road
  • Goods suspected stolen in/on premises.

He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.