Man charged after pursuit in Maitland

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 04:27:54 AM

A man will appear in court today charged following a pursuit and alleged attempted carjacking in the state’s Hunter Region.

About 11.30am yesterday (Monday 22 August 2022), police were called to O’Hearn Street, Tenambit, following reports of a brawl.

Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended and located a man allegedly armed with a speargun, who immediately fled a Holden Commodore.

Police initiated a pursuit, during which the Holden collided with a caged police vehicle. The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.

A short time later, police were called to Melbourne Street, East Maitland, after the Holden reportedly lost control and the man allegedly attempted to carjack two vehicles while armed with a weapon.

Following inquiries, the vehicle was located parked at the rear of a unit block on Newcastle Street.

Offices forced entry to a unit and arrested the 36-year-old man.

He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station and charged with affray, police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously, and two counts of aggravated assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle - armed with weapon.

The East Maitland man was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court today (Tuesday 23 August 2022).