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Man Flees Police, Accidentally Runs Into Prison

A crook's crime spree has come to a fitting end after he smashed his stolen vehicle into a fence and tried to escape, but ended up running into a prison farm, NSW police say.

Police began chasing the man when they spotted an allegedly stolen tipper truck near Gloucester in the Hunter Valley on Monday.

Officers then discovered the vehicle, which had allegedly been taken from Surry Hills in Sydney more than 200 kilometres away, parked on a local property.

The officers didn't catch up with their suspect until he fled a service station at Scone without paying in a stolen Silver Toyota Hilux on Tuesday morning, NSW Police said in a statement.

Police began chasing the vehicle, which was allegedly fitted with stolen number plates, for two minutes before it crashed through a farm fence near Halcombe Hill on the outskirts of Muswellbrook.

The driver allegedly fled across a nearby rail line into farm paddocks while police chased him on foot.

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St Heliers Correctional Centre. Image: Google

The wanted man was unaware he'd fled into the grounds of St Heliers prison farm -- part of the minimum security correctional facility in which inmates are taught beef production and vegetable farming.

The 46-year-old was eventually arrested and charged with 15 offences including vehicle theft, police pursuit (Skye's Law), fraud, dangerous driving, trespassing, resisting police and custody of a knife.

He was refused bail and ordered to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Wednesday.