DV and firearms charges laid after pursuit at Newcastle

A man has been charged with firearms and domestic violence offences following a pursuit in Newcastle today.

About 3.10pm (Thursday 8 February 2024), police from Newcastle Police District were patrolling Hunter Street, Newcastle West, when they attempted to stop the driver of a vehicle wanted in relation to alleged domestic violence offences.

When the vehicle allegedly failed to stop as directed, a pursuit was initiated before it was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

The vehicle crashed into a building and stopped at the intersection of Hunter Street and Florence Street.

The driver – a 34-year-old man – allegedly assaulted police after a foot pursuit, before he was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station.

Police searched the vehicle and allegedly located drugs and firearms which were seized.

The man was charged with the following offences:

  • Contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (Domestic) – two counts
  • Police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously
  • Licence expired within the last 2 years
  • Use class A vehicle displaying altered number-plate
  • Assault police officer in execution of duty without ABH
  • Assault police officer in execution of duty cause ABH
  • Hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty
  • Possess prohibited drug
  • Possess unregistered firearm in public place
  • Acquire etc firearm – subject to prohibition order
  • Possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority
  • Possess unregistered firearm-pistol
  • Acquire etc pistol-subject to firearms prohibition order

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Friday 9 February 2024).

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