Pair charged following police pursuits

A man and a woman have been charged after two pursuits in the Newcastle region yesterday.

Just before 9am (Wednesday 9 January 2019), police attempted to stop a Volkswagen Amorok, believed to be stolen, on Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

It’s alleged the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. It was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

A short time later, the car was sighted on Maitland Street, Islington, and a pursuit was initiated, which continued through the suburbs of Tighes Hill, Mayfield and Mayfield West.

Police will allege a 62-year-old woman was struck by the Volkswagen while standing outside a home in Maitland Road, Warabrook. She was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The pursuit ended when the Volkswagen left the road and stopped in Waratah.

Officers arrested the driver, a 30-year-old man and passenger, a 22-year-old woman, with assistance from the Dog Unit.

The pair were both taken to Waratah Police Station.

The man was charged will 11 offences including take and drive conveyance, police pursuit-not stop-drive recklessly (Skye’s Law) (x2), drive vehicle across railway crossing contrary to sign, fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury, not give particulars (x2), assault police, resist arrest, drive licence suspended and drive recklessly/furiously.

He was refused bail and taken to hospital under police guard for treatment of a prior medical condition.

He appeared via bedside hearing today and was formally refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 17 January 2019.

The woman was charged with being carried in conveyance without consent of owner and released.

She was granted conditional bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 31 January 2019.