A 32 year-old man has been arrested after being involved in a crash with a police vehicle and pursuits through Tarro and Beresfield.
The arrest came after Port Stephens Hunter Police tried to stop a Toyota Camry, which was travelling through Tarro about 12pm on Tuesday, in relation to a fraud matter.
Police said they began a pursuit after the vehicle failed to stop, but the chase was called off a short time later in Beresfield because of safety concerns.
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The vehicle was spotted again some time later on Anderson Drive, Beresfield and officer started a second pursuit, according to police. But it was again called off because of safety concerns.
Police said the vehicle travelled through suburbs in Maitland, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle before it was involved in a minor collision with a police vehicle at the University of Newcastle Callaghan campus about 2pm.
Upon entering a dead-end street in the University campus, police tried to speak with the man before he fled on foot.
He was arrested nearby after a short foot chase.
Dramatic video of the arrest appears to show officers with weapons drawn before the man is tackled to the ground by one officer before several others arrive to assist.
Police searched the Camry and claim to have found a large amount of stolen property and stolen number plates. Police seized 13 different registration plates, cards, a wallet, and five mobile phones.
The 32-year-old man was taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with:
- Larceny (two counts)
- dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception
- dishonestly obtain property by deception (five counts)
- drive while licence cancelled
- use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road and
- police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously.
He was refused bail and will appear at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.