THE two men at the centre of a Tamworth police chase where shots were allegedly fired to escape police have been denied bail in court.
Joshua Ty Tehoata, aged 28, and 22-year-old Tyson James Booby are behind bars after appearing in an out-of-sessions bail hearing in Tamworth Local Court on Sunday.
The pair were refused bail and will face a magistrate in the same court today on a raft of firearms and weapons offences. They were not required to enter pleas to the allegations on Sunday.
They've been in custody since a dramatic arrest in the early hours of Saturday morning after they were captured inside the grounds of the Tamworth Golf Course.
An unmarked police car has been taken off the road with bullet holes in the front of it, and senior police have labelled the arresting officers as incredibly brave in their efforts to capture the men.
The dangerous police pursuit was sparked after officers spotted a Ford Territory leaving a fast food restaurant off Marius Street about 2.45am.
Police watched the Ford turn onto the New England Highway and officers signalled for the vehicle to pull over.
Officers said when the Ford failed to stop, police gave chase.
The pursuit - under lights and sirens and heard by local residents across town - continued through Nemingha, Kootingal, Calala and Tamworth.
Police will allege the passenger then lent out the window and pointed a firearm at police.
Several bullet holes were later discovered in the bonnet and bumper of the unmarked silver Hyundai police car which was chasing the Ford.
Extra back-up was called and road spikes were deployed after the vehicle passed on Duri Road about 3.30am.
The Ford eventually lost control and crashed through the fence of the golf course, near the roundabout of Bridge Street and Mahoney Avenue.
Two men fled and ran from the Ford into the course. Police gave chase on foot and captured the 22 and 28-year-old.
A search of the Ford then later uncovered a shortened firearm next to the front passenger seat. Police claim Ty Tehoata also had ammunition on him.
The pair were taken to Tamworth Police Station for questioning where checks revealed Ty Tehoata had a warrant out for his arrest for the revocation of his parole.
Police will also allege in court Booby is the subject of a firearms prohibition order (FPO).
The pair are facing charges of discharging a firearm with intent to resist arrest - an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment, if convicted.
Both are also accused of three counts of possessing a shortened firearm without authority; possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit; and custody of a knife in public place.
Ty Tehoata also faces a charge of possessing ammunition without a licence; and an outstanding revocation of parole warrant.
Booby is also accused of three counts of acquiring a firearm while subject to a prohibition order; and acquiring ammunition while subject to a prohibition order.
Both men were refused bail by police and spent Saturday night in custody in the Tamworth Police Station cells before Sunday's court appearance.
The Ford and the police car were both combed for clues by forensic police officers at the scene on Saturday, and have been seized as part of the police investigation.
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