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Man unknowingly makes a run for it from police through St Heliers during police chase in the Upper Hunter


A man has unknowingly made a run for it through the grounds of St Heliers Correctional Centre while trying to get away from police.

The man started wreaking havoc on Monday when police pursued a stolen tipper truck in the Gloucester area which was later discovered hidden on a local property - at around 10 am yesterday another car stolen from the area,  a grey Toyota Hilux  fitted with stolen number plates, was used at a service station drive off at Scone.

Police noticed the stolen vehicle and pursued the vehicle.

The chase ended two minutes later when the alleged thief crashed the vehicle through a farm fence near Halcombe Hill.

Hunter Valley Police District officers chased the driver on foot as he ran across an adjacent rail line into farm paddocks, the suspect unaware he had entered the grounds of St Helier’s Prison Farm.

The 46-year-old man was arrested and taken to the Muswellbrook Police Station where he was charged with 15 offences including stealing, steal motor vehicle, Police pursuit (Skye’s Law), fraud, drive manner dangerous, unlicensed driver, trespass, resist police, goods in custody and custody of knife.

He was refused bail and ordered to appear in the Muswellbrook Local Court today.

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