A man was refused bail in Maitland Local Court yesterday after he allegedly led police on a chase with a stolen car on Saturday.
Police said Andrew Huckstadt, of Endeavour Street, stole a Holden Commodore from Gresford and drove it to Rutherford, where he was seen travelling at high speed along Fairfax Street.
Police initiated a pursuit and chased the Commodore through Dunkley Street, where it swerved in and out of lanes.
The court heard Huckstadt, 24, was about to accelerate through a wide corner onto Weblands Street but collided with a hatchback.
The hatchback was pushed into oncoming traffic and collided with a ute.
Huckstadt was allegedly making desperate attempts to flee through the front passenger door, with all three cars wedged in the middle of the T-intersection.
Court documents said Huckstadt violently resisted arrest and wrestled with police to the ground.
Police managed to restrain him, but as they were waiting for a paddy wagon he allegedly started to headbutt the road.
He continued to abuse and resist police and was taken to Maitland police station where he was breath tested and returned a positive reading for alcohol (0.171).
The driver and a passenger from the hatchback were treated for injuries and the road was blocked until 10pm.
Police said Huckstadt’s actions were extremely dangerous and it was fortunate no members of the public were seriously injured.
Huckstadt will remain in custody until August 8 when he will appear in Maitland Local Court via video link.
He has not pleaded to any of the charges, which include a police pursuit, vehicle theft, driving recklessly, never licensed, property damage, two counts of resisting police, theft and breaching bail.