A man will face court after allegedly being in possession of a replica gun when police stopped him over the use of an unregistered trail bike in a Newcastle suburb.
Police from Newcastle's Target Action Group followed the rider of the bike - which had no lights or licence plate - through Lambton at about 12.30am on Monday.
They allege the man, a 24-year-old from Weston, sped off through a red light at the intersection of Turton and Griffiths roads, towards Waratah.
The rider was then involved in a minor crash with an unmarked police car, which was stationary at the intersection of Moate Street and Turton Road.
Police allege the man - who was on bail at the time - then ran from officers along Moate Street before they caught up and arrested him.
During a search of a backpack the man was carrying, police allegedly found a silver replica pistol that investigators say appeared to have been modified to make it appear more like a real gun.
A check on the trail bike found it had been reported as stolen.
The 24-year-old has been charged with six offences including drive conveyance without consent, use unregistered vehicle, use uninsured vehicle, drive whilst cancelled (second offence in five years), resist police and possess pistol.
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