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Charges laid over alleged carjack, pursuit through Hunter

Monday, 11 July 2022 05:00:09 PM

A man will face court charged over an alleged carjacking and pursuit in the Hunter.

Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attempted to stop a black Mazda on Cumberland Street, Cessnock, about 3.40pm on Thursday 7 July 2022. 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 not injured.

With the assistance of PolAir, officers located the vehicle on Anderson Drive, Beresfield, and – a short time later – a 33-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attempting to access another two vehicles in a garage on Emerson Street.

He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle, negligent driving (two counts), drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, and enter dwelling with intent to steal.

The Raymond Terrace man was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on Friday 10 July 2022. He was formally refused bail and will appear before Maitland Local Court on Wednesday 13 July 2022.