A truck driver who led police on a 100km chase along the New England Highway has pleaded guilty to using a stolen semi-trailer to do so.
The chase ended in a fiery trail of destruction with the truck smashing into shopfronts and parked cars along the way.
The 30 year old driver appeared in Newcastle Local Court via an audio visual link from the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre where he pleaded guilty to 11 counts including using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, police pursuit, failing to stop and assist after impact causing injury, stealing a motor vehicle and damaging property as well as dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
There were 10 less serious offences that the DPP withdrew.
Eight people were injured in the driver’s tirade that ended in cars and buildings catching fire and sent power poles and traffic lights flying.
The driver was amazingly uninjured and after he was pulled out of the cab by another driver on the scene, he was immediately arrested by police.