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Arrest after carjack, pursuit through Hunter

Friday, 08 July 2022 01:04:40 PM

A man remains under police guard following an alleged carjacking and pursuit across the Hunter yesterday.

Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attempted to stop a black Mazda on Cumberland Street, Cessnock, about 3.40pm yesterday (Thursday 7 July 2022), but when the driver allegedly failed to comply a pursuit was initiated. It was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

Police will allege the vehicle stopped in Weston, where the driver left the vehicle and approached a Mitsubishi Magna parked nearby.

The man allegedly forced the driver, a 67-year-old woman, from the vehicle and drove it away. The woman and her female passenger were shaken but not physically injured.

PolAir was brought in to assist and worked with local police to find the now-extensively damaged vehicle on Anderson Drive, Beresfield.

A short time later, a 33-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attempting to access another two vehicles in a garage nearby on Emerson Street.

He was initially taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station but was then taken to John Hunter Hospital to be assessed for a suspected medical condition.

He remains there under police guard as inquiries continue.