A TEENAGE ride-share driver will remain behind bars for at least a fortnight after allegedly running down two other teenagers on the Central Coast at the weekend.
Callum Sutherland appeared at Wyong Local Court on Monday charged with six offences including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, driving whilst suspended and causing bodily harm by misconduct.
The 18-year-old was allegedly behind the wheel of a van requested through a local ride-share service by a group of teens in the early hours of Sunday.
However, when the group got inside the van, about 3am, Mr Sutherland allegedly began driving erratically, causing them to be thrown around inside.
Mr Sutherland dropped the group of teens on Budgewoi Road in Noraville about 20 minutes later, but allegedly did a u-turn and drove at the group, hitting two of them.
A 15-year-old boy was left with pelvis, leg and back injuries and was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
A 16-year-old girl suffered head injuries and was taken to Wyong Hospital in a serious condition before being transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital.
After the collision, some in the group allegedly dragged Mr Sutherland from his van and assaulted him.
He was taken to Wyong Hospital with minor head injuries but was discharged into police custody on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Sutherland was refused bail at Wyong Local Court on Monday. He's scheduled to next appear via video link at the same court on November 19.
While you're with us, did you know the Newcastle Herald offers breaking news alerts, daily email newsletters and more? Keep up to date with all the local news - sign up here.
- Ben Batterham pleads not guilty over Hamilton break-in murder, trial begins
- Australian crane index figures show things are looking up in Newcastle
- Women injured while working as 'casuals' at a Hunter Valley mine say they have been abandoned by the system
- Tough backrower Mitch Barnett next in line for a contract extension as talks kick off