Police Charge Man After Car Theft, Pursuit At Maitland

A man has been charged following the alleged theft of a car and subsequent pursuit near Maitland today.

About 7.50am today (Wednesday 28 February 2024), police attended Laurie Drive, Raworth, where they sighted a Toyota Hilux, which had earlier been reported as stolen.

As police approached the vehicle, the driver allegedly drove away and a pursuit was initiated, continuing towards Tenambit.

The pursuit came to an end a short time later on Korbel Street, after the vehicle crashed through a fence.

The driver then allegedly fled the scene, with PolAir and the Dog Unit brought in to assist.

Following inquiries, a 22-year-old man was arrested inside a home on O’Hearn Street, Tenambit, a short time later.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

He was also charged with a further 17 offences regarding other matters:

  • Five counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception
  • Hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty
  • Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period
  • Use etc offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention etc
  • Assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm
  • Not give particulars to other driver
  • Destroy or damage property
  • Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen
  • Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner
  • Drive conveyance taken without consent of owner
  • Drive while licence cancelled
  • Enter vehicle or boat without consent of owner/occupier
  • Larceny

He has been refused bail to appear before Maitland Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 29 February 2024).

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