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Two men charged after dangerous police pursuit in the Hunter Valley

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Two people have been charged, including a man who had already been disqualified for life, after a pursuit in the Hunter Valley yesterday.  

Just before 10am, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attempted to stop a Mitsubishi Magna sedan on Avery Street, Rutherford.

When the driver allegedly failed to stop, police commenced a pursuit of the vehicle through Rutherford but it was terminated amid safety concerns.

The Mitsubishi stopped near bushland south of Scott Street, Weston, before the occupants fled into bushland and were later picked up by a woman in a Toyota sedan.

With assistance from PolAir, police located the driver – a 38-year-old man – and his passenger – an 18-year-old man – at a home on Teece street, Weston.

Upon arrival, the two men allegedly fled the scene before officers commenced a short foot pursuit.

The driver was arrested a short distance away after a short struggle. His passenger was also arrested nearby after he allegedly tried to assault a senior constable.

Both men were taken to Maitland Police Station.

The 38-year-old was charged with a number of offences including, two counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously (2nd offence), drive motor vehicle during disqualification period (2nd offence), use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous (2nd offence), resist officer in execution of duty, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, possess/attempt to prescribed restricted substance and custody of knife in public place.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in Maitland Local Court today.

Police will allege in court that the man had been disqualified from driving for life in January 2000.

The 18-year-old was charged with resist officer in execution of duty, and assault officer in execution of duty.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Maitland Local Court in October.

Inquiries are continuing.