LAKE MACQUARIE MAN CHARGED OVER DANGEROUS PURSUIT

A 32-year-old man will face court today after allegedly leading police on a pursuit in a stolen car in Lake Macquarie yesterday.

Police say they were patrolling Belmont North when they saw a blue Ford Falcon, which had been reported stolen from Foster last week, outside a property on Leicester Street.

They were conducting inquires at nearby homes when officer say they saw a man get into the driver’s seat and speed away.

Police began a pursuit which continued through several streets in Belmont before the car travelled northbound onto the Pacific Highway at Gateshead, reaching speeds of around 110km/h in a 60km/h zone.

The driver continued north, allegedly at speed, through a red light before the vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and South Street, Windale.

Police arrested a 32-year-old man and took him to Belmont Police Station.

He has been charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, and drive whilst unlicensed.

He has been refused bail to face Newcastle Local Court today

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Samantha Poate is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle. After completing a BA in Communication and Journalism at Charles Sturt University in 2016, Samantha moved to Northern New South Wales where she worked for News Corp. Samantha joined the NBN News team in 2018, working as a journalist in the Lismore Bureau.