Sparks flying in erratic, uncontrollable rampage: pursuit driver Matthew Holford jailed

By Sam Rigney
Updated May 5 2022 - 6:07am, first published 6:05am

SPARKS flying from under his vehicle and ice coursing through his veins, Matthew Holford had been on an hour-long rampage around Newcastle - menacing his family, crashing into cars and leading police on pursuits - when he tried to overtake a tram on Scott Street and was finally stopped.



Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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