A man has been charged with riding an unregistered motorbike on the wrong side of the New England Highway in what police said was “like something out of a movie”.
It began about 12.30pm on Thursday when a man allegedly became involved in an altercation with an off-duty police officer at a Tarro service station.
Police said the man then fled the scene on a motorcycle.
About two hours later police spotted a motorbike on Page Street, East Maitland which is alleged to have then sped off .
Officers saw the bike again on the New England Highway heading south.
But in what police described as “unbelievable” scenes, the rider is alleged to have turned the bike around and travelled north in the southbound lanes.
Police did not pursue the bike but noticed it again a short time later travelling on the New England Highway near the Maitland Showground turnoff.
Officers then chased the bike, but it is alleged that the rider switched onto the wrong side of the road to get away again.
A motorbike was later found dumped in Church Street. Police established a perimetre and commenced a search before a man was found in a building in Elgin Street, Central Maitland.
The 33-year-old man was taken to Maitland Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.
He was later charged with a raft of offences including driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, resisting arrest, police pursuit, trespassing, possession of a knife in a public place and driving while disqualified.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Maitland Local Court in March.
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