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Pair charged following pursuit in state's Hunter region

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 04:04:12 PM

Two people have been charged following a pursuit through the state’s Hunter region yesterday.

About 8.50am on Monday (1 November 2021), officers attached to Traffic & Highway Patrol Command and Hunter Valley Police District were patrolling along the New England Highway, Ravensworth, when they were alerted of an unregistered Ford Fiesta travelling north.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle at a safe location along the highway; however, the driver allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit commenced north along the highway.

The pursuit continued to the Muswellbrook township until the Ford stopped on William Street, Muswellbrook and the driver – a 29-year-old man – exited the vehicle and was arrested by police.

The front passenger of the vehicle – an 18-year-old woman – also left the vehicle and approached police. A police officer attempted to arrest the woman when she allegedly assaulted the senior constable.

Police checks revealed the man’s driver’s licence was suspended until 2024.

A search of the vehicle resulted in police allegedly locating and seizing two bags of cannabis.

The pair was taken to Muswellbrook Police Station and the man was subjected to a breath test analysis which allegedly returned a reading of 0.035.

The man was charged with police pursuit, not have interlock fitted, unregistered/uninsured vehicle, special range PCA, drive whilst disqualified and contravene AVO.

He was refused bail and appeared at Muswellbrook Local Court yesterday (1 November 2021).

The woman was charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug, assault police, resist arrest, fail to disclose particulars and offensive language.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on 20 December 2021.