A man police busted trying to climb a grain silo after an alleged police pursuit in a stolen vehicle has been refused bail.
About 1pm on Thursday, police conducted patrols of the Newell Highway following reports a Ford Fairlane had been stolen from Binnaway and the driver allegedly failed to pay for fuel at service station at Gilgandra.
About 18km north of Dubbo, officers attempted to stop the Fairlane, but the 30-year-old driver - Twaine Daniel Edwards - allegedly failed to comply, and a pursuit was initiated.
Officers from the Rural Crime Prevention Team, Western Region Enforcement Squad, Traffic and Highway Patrol, as well as general duties police and detectives, began an extensive search of the area, before Edwards was located climbing up the outside of a grain silo.
Edwards was arrested and taken to Dubbo Police Station, where he was charged 15 charges.
They include two counts of a police pursuit drive dangerously, two counts of take and drive conveyance without the consent of the owner, six counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage, three counts of drive while disqualified, robbery in company and driver recklessly/furiously or speed in a manner that's dangerous.
Appearing in Dubbo Local Court on Friday, Edwards entered no pleas.
During a bail hearing, police prosecutor Sergeant Michelle Bartlett said they opposed bail due to the unacceptable risk Edwards posed to the community.
She said Edwards had an "extensive" criminal history, and it was evident by the matters before the court his "behaviour is escalating".
"These are serious matters before the court. The police pursuit was of an extreme and serious nature, one that has put the whole community at risk," Sgt Bartlett said.
She also noted in another alleged pursuit before the court, a number of drivers were allegedly required to "take evasive action to avoid colliding with the vehicle".
Defence lawyer Molly Bland however said Edwards was someone with significant mental health issues, and if granted bail had a bed available at Orana Haven rehabilitation facility.
However Magistrate Gary Wilson said due to the number of "unacceptable risks" raised by the prosecution bail would be refused.
The matter will return to court in November.