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Tasmania police have charged a motorcyclist after he allegedly fled a traffic stop and barricaded himself in a warehouse after threatening officers with a knife.
Shortly before 3:00pm on Saturday officers attempted to apprehend a man in relation to traffic offences in the vicinity of Gleadow Street, Invermay, a suburb of Launceston, police said in a statement.
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"The man attempted to flee before he assaulted and threatened police with a knife and subsequently barricaded himself inside a nearby warehouse," police said.
Members of Tasmania Police, Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Fire Service attended the scene.
Fire crews and hazmat teams were on standby during the incident due to potentially hazardous material in the building.
Police said the man "was negotiated out of the building without further incident".
A 33-year-old Gagebrook man was charged with multiple offences, including:
- Evade Police (Aggravated Circumstances)
- Motor Vehicle Stealing
- Assault a Police Officer
- Aggravated Assault
- Resisting a Police Officer
- Drive while Disqualified
- Seven counts of Breach of Bail
He will appear before an out-of-hours session at the the Launceston Magistrates Court at 10:30am this morning.
Police said there was "no threat to the wider community" during the incident.
Police thanked members of the public for their co-operation during the incident and asked anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the Northern Criminal Investigation Branch on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania anonymously on 1800 333 000.
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