A man has been charged with 12 offences as part of a critical incident investigation into a crash at Hamilton that resulted in four people being hospitalised.
The 38-year-old Morisset man has been refused bail to appear in Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday after being charged over the alleged incident on Thursday morning.
Northern Region High Visibility police were patrolling on Everton Street just after 11am when they saw an unregistered red Suzuki Swift.
The driver allegedly failed to stop as directed and a pursuit began, before being called off a short time later due to safety concerns.
Officers continued patrolling the area and found the Suzuki rolled on its side after colliding with a Toyota Hilux at the intersection of Lawson and Denison Streets.
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A rear seat passenger of the Suzuki - a 27-year-old woman - was trapped in the car before being freed by emergency services. She was taken to John Hunter Hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.
The driver and two other passengers of the Suzuki fled the scene on foot but were found and arrested a short distance away.
The two passengers - a 29-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man - were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.
The driver of the Suzuki - a 38-year-old man - was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition under police guard.
The driver of the Toyota Hilux - a 40-year-old man - and his passenger - a 21-year-old man - were not injured.
A crime scene was established and examined by specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit.
Following investigations, police attended John Hunter Hospital and charged the 38-year-old man with 12 offences including;
The Morisset man will appear in court via AVL.
A critical incident team will continue investigations.
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