UPDATE: AN INMATE who escaped a correctional centre was arrested on a rural property after two police cars were rammed by a stolen vehicle.
The 31-year-old man spent almost eight hours on the run after he escaped a correctional centre on the New South Wales Mid North Coast at West Kempsey around 8am on Tuesday.
Around 3.40pm, police attended a rural property on the Oxley Highway, west of Wauchope.
It is alleged at the location a stolen Subaru Forrester hit two police cars before the driver was arrested, police said.
The man was taken to Port Macquarie Police Station and charged with escape lawful custody, steal motor vehicle, drive whilst disqualified, larceny and possess prohibited drug.
The man was refused bail by police to appear in the Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday.
TUESDAY, NOON: POLICE are on the hunt for a man who escaped a correctional facility near West Kempsey this morning.
Just after 8am on Tuesday, the 31-year-old escaped the correctional centre on Aldavilla Rd.
Mid North Coast LAC police said the man is believed to be heading towards the Port Macquarie, Wauchope or Gladstone (Queensland) areas.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, slim build with brown hair and cleanly shaven.
The 31-year-old is believed to still be wearing prison greens.
He is not believed to be a high risk to the community but police urged the public not to approach him and to phone 000 if anyone knows of his whereabouts.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the incident to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or use Crime Stoppers online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.