Man charged after police chase across the Hunter

IT was the police chase that had it all: injured cops, a stolen Audi and the truckies who used their big rigs to block the motorway.

A 22-year-old man has been charged after a dramatic police chase that began in Wallsend and endednearly 30 kilometres down the motorway at Dora Creek when truckies jammed the car.

Police gave chase shortly after 10am after the stolen carinitially failed to stop at Wallsend shortly after 10am.

The car sped off and was heading west on the Hunter Expressway before the pursuit was called off over concerns for public safety.

However, police later spotted the man heading east on the same road and again pursued him.

Road spikes were rolled out on two occasions but attempts to stop the car were again unsuccessful.

The man was later spotted heading south on the M1 Motorway where police said he forced a car off the road.

The man, who police said was armed with an “edged” weapon, unsuccessfully tried to carjack that vehicle.

However, police will allege he did manage to carjack a white Audi on the second attempt.

The stolen Audi sped down the motorway until it reached Dora Creek bridge,where police said a man attempted to carjack another three cars.

The man later reversed into an unmarked police car, with two officers sufferingminor injuries.

TheNewcastle Heraldunderstands the chase came to an end when trucksblocked the motorway and effectively stopped the car in its tracks.

A witness said there was“lots of smoke” and“broken cars”.

“Truckies blocked the road four cars in front of us,” Michael Sprott wrote on Facebook.

“The suspect fled and tried to carjack the old bloke in front of us.Old bloke put up too much of a fight.Lots of smoke and broken cars. And many police.”

The man, from North Lambton, was arrested and taken to Toronto Police Station.

He was charged with multiple offences including: take detain person with intent to obtain advantage,armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, aggravated take drive vehicle whilst armed with offensive weapon, resist officer in execution of duty, intentionally choke person with recklessness, common assault, display unauthorised registration plates, and a warrant for revocation of parole.

He was refused bail to appear at Toronto Local Court today on Friday.