A man who led police on a chase through Rutherford will appear in Maitland Local Court today.
The pursuit began on Saturday about 5pm when police attached to the Central Hunter Target Action Group tried to stop a stolen Holden Commodore on Justine Parade, Rutherford.
The Commodore crashed with a Mitsubishi sedan driven by an L-plater at the intersection of Weblands Street.
The Mitsubishi was pushed into a utility travelling in the opposite direction.
The driver and passenger of the Mitsubishi were treated for minor injuries.
Resident Barry Wiseman saw the incident unfold and said police had blocked entry to Weblands Street at both ends as the Commodore came down Dunkley Street.
He said police cars immediately surrounded the Commodore after the crash and drew their guns on the man before putting him to the ground.
Police took the man to Maitland Hospital for treatment to facial injuries.
“It looked as though [the
driver of the Commodore] was going to hit the school gates [of Rutherford Public School] and try to run away.
“I don’t know how someone didn’t get killed.
“The car was a write off and the ute was badly damaged too.”
The street was blocked until 10pm.
The man was later taken to Maitland police station and charged with leading police on a chase under Skye’s law, dangerous driving, stealing and driving a car, driving in a manner dangerous, never having been licensed to drive, malicious damage, two counts of resisting arrest and breach of bail.
He was also charged for a previous break-in and theft.
He was refused bail yesterday.