WATCH: Moment accused driver is hauled from truck after Hunter Valley rampage

Confronting witness footage has captured the moment police ripped the driver from the cabin of an allegedly stolen truck moments after a rampage in the Hunter Valley on Wednesday morning.

 

Several police officers can be seen flanking the truck, with one pointing a weapon at the driver, before another opens the door and pulls him to the ground.

Rodney Johnson is now facing 10 charges after the rig crashed and burst into flames on George Street in Singleton after taking out five cars and damaging buildings including the Royal Hotel and an antique store.

Those charges include stealing, failing to stop for police, assault and malicious damage, however further charges are expected to be laid.

Johnson remained inside Singleton Police Station, while his lawyer told the court he would require some degree of mental health assistance.

An officer can be seen trying to enter the truck via the passenger door as another points a weapon through the windscreen. Source: 7 News

The semi-trailer was allegedly stolen by the 29-year-old from a service station at Murrurundi - more than 100 kilometres away - about 7.30am when the driver was paying for fuel.

Police initiated a pursuit and deployed road spikes as the truck approached Singleton.

The accident left eight people injured and one man in a critical condition.

The 67-year-old victim suffered head and chest injuries and was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

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Rod Johnson was denied bail at court on Thursday. Source: 7 News

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Video shows the truck burst into flames. Source: Supplied

He was in a critical but stable condition on Wednesday night.

The matter was heard before Singleton Local Court on Thursday where bail was refused and a mental health assessment was requested.

Johnson is set to reappear at Newcastle Local Court on December 6.

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