Three unrestrained children in the back of a stolen car were lucky to have escaped serious injury when it collided with a second car south of Woodburn yesterday. The children, all under the age of four, were taken to Maclean Hospital together with a woman who was in the front seat.
The car, which was being pursued by police, reached speeds of up to 180km and crashed into a car coming the other way after trying to avoid roadworks.
A woman and three children travelling in the other vehicle escaped uninjured.
The 21-year-old male driver of the stolen vehicle was taken to Lismore police station where he has been charged with a series of offences. He has been held in custody overnight and is due to face Lismore local court today.