Driver to face Court after police vehicle rammed at Lake Macquarie, NSW

A 22-year-old man will face Court tomorrow after being charged following an incident where two police officers were injured when their police vehicle was allegedly rammed at Lake Macquarie.

About 5.00pm (Thursday 12 November 2020), plain clothes officers from Lake Macquarie Police District driving an unmarked police vehicle attempted to stop a Nissan Patrol 4WD on Lake Street, Windale.

Once both vehicles stopped, the driver of the Nissan Patrol allegedly reversed and crashed into the front end of the police vehicle before driving away.

Officers followed the Nissan into nearby Belar Avenue, where the Nissan stopped in the middle of the roadway and again allegedly reversed into the front of the police vehicle, causing extensive damage, thus disabling the police vehicle. The Nissan Patrol then drove off.

Both officers received minor injuries and were treated at the scene by Ambulance paramedics before being transported to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. They have both since been released from hospital.

Detectives from the Lake Macquarie Police District commenced an investigation and later located a white Nissan Patrol at Belmont North. The vehicle has been seized for forensic examination.

Police later conducted a search warrant on a unit in Belmont North and seized a number of items which will be subject of further investigation.

Following inquiries, about 2.50pm this afternoon (Friday 13 November 2020) officers from Lake Macquarie Police District stopped a silver Hyundai Getz on Sparks Road, Warnervale.

Police arrested the front seat passenger in the vehicle, a 22-year-old man from Belmont North.

The man was taken to Belmont Police Station and later charged with four offences, including

  • Use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention
  • Drive whilst disqualified
  • Use unregistered registrable vehicle
  • Use vehicle with unauthorised number plate

He was refused bail and will appear before Newcastle Local Court on Saturday 14 November 2020.

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