Police have charged two men - including a driver disqualified for life - after a pursuit in the Hunter.
The chase began after a driver failed to stop a Mitsubishi Magna for police on Avery Street at Rutherford about 10am on Sunday.
The pursuit continued through Rutherford before it was terminated for safety reasons.
The Mitsubishi stopped south of Scott Street, Weston, before the occupants fled into bushland and were later picked up by a woman in a Toyota sedan.
With help from the PolAir helicopter, police found the driver - a 38-year-old man - and his passenger - an 18-year-old man - at a home on Teece street, Weston.
The two men allegedly fled the scene when police arrived, before officers chased them down on foot.
The driver was arrested a short distance away after a short struggle. His passenger was also arrested nearby after he allegedly tried to assault a senior constable.
The 38-year-old was charged with several offences including two counts of police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously (2nd offence), drive motor vehicle during disqualification period (2nd offence), use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous (2nd offence), resist officer in execution of duty, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, possess/attempt to prescribed restricted substance and custody of knife in public place.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in Maitland Local Court.
Police will allege in court the man was disqualified from driving for life in January, 2000.
The 18-year-old was charged with resist officer in execution of duty and assault officer in execution of duty.