Tweed-Byron police are confident of finding a man who eluded them on a high-speed highway chase soon after he’d picked up the driver of a stolen Ford XR6 that had crashed into Yelgun Creek on Tuesday morning.
Police called off the pursuit along the northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway for fear of endangering the public, but say their inquiries should lead them to identify the driver.
The chase started after the stolen Queensland-registered sedan almost crashed head on into a local driving along Yelgun Road and then ploughed into the creek.
The local woman, from Ocean Shores, says she was forced to swerve and brake heavily to avoid a collision.
Her friend from Yelgun told Echonetdaily the woman was on her mobile phone alerting the ambulance when a silver four-wheel-drive vehicle ‘came screaming up behind her, with the driver jumping out and yelling to the driver in the creek to get out quickly’.
The men were seen hastily transferring goods from the car in the creek to the other vehicle before speeding off.
Police were also called and soon identified the car in the creek as having been stolen from southeast Queensland.
They also discovered its registration plates were from another vehicle and a number of other registration plates from different vehicles were inside the car.
The car’s owner was notified and later recovered it.
Inspector Greg Jago said inquiries were continuing but police were confident of tracking down the men.