A LEARNER driver who led police on three separate pursuits between Windale and Booragul on Tuesday night will spend Christmas in custody after he was refused bail until at least the New Year.
Jacob Andrew Collins, 31, of East Street, Warners Bay, appeared in Newcastle Bail Court on Wednesday charged with three counts of Skye’s Law (police pursuit), being an unaccompanied learner, not displaying his L-plates, possession of a prohibited drug and possession of a knife.
Court documents state police attempted to stop a red Holden Commodoresedan on James Street at Windale about 10.30pm on Tuesday.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly failed to stop and a police pursuit was initiated from Windale to Garden Suburb then through Cardiff and Warners Bay, court documents state.
The vehicle allegedly escaped police at Warners Bay, but a second pursuit was engaged a short time later along Warners Bay Road.
Police again tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver was able to evade capture, court documents state.
A third police pursuit was triggered at Bolton Point after police again spotted the vehicle.
Each offence involved driving recklessly, court documents state.
The vehicle was eventually stopped in Marmong Street at Booragul about 11pmand the driver was arrested.
The pursuitlasted 30 minutes,spanned more than 30 kilometres and travelledthrough about a dozen Lake Macquarie suburbs, according to court documents.
Police allege Mr Collins was driving as an unaccompanied learner and was not displaying his L-plates.
Police also allegedly seized an amount of amphetamine and a knife from the red Holden Commodore sedan.
All of the items seized have been sent forforensic examination, police said.
Mr Collins was taken to Belmont Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing before he was charged with the seven offences.
Handcuffed and wearing the clothes he was arrested in,Mr Collins did not enter any pleas when he made a brief appearance in bail court on Wednesday.
Legal Aidsolicitor, Karen Wells, did not apply for bail on his behalf and it was formerly refused.
The court heardMr Collins was currently on bail on other matters.
The matterswas adjourned to Toronto Local Court on January 6.
Mr Collins will appear in court via audio-visual link on that date.