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Two men will face court today after police discovered a loaded gun, drugs and cash in a car following a high-speed pursuit at Ballina.

Police will allege they found a loaded shotgun, drugs and cash in the car.

About 1.20pm yesterday, Highway Patrol officers pursued a stolen maroon Ford Falcon XR6 along the Pacific Highway at Woodburn but stopped owing to the speed of the car.

Police initiated a second pursuit on the Pacific Highway at Ballina about 10 minutes later, which ended when the Ford sideswiped a Toyota Camry and crashed into a roadside railing.

The two male occupants fled into nearby bushland.

One of the men was arrested by police a short time later; the other was apprehended after an hour-long search.

A search of the stolen car allegedly uncovered a loaded shotgun, quantities of amphetamine and cannabis, and a large sum of cash.

A 20-year-old Brisbane man was subsequently charged with a number of counts, including car theft, not stopping during a police pursuit, speeding, possessing a loaded firearm, receiving stolen property and possessing prohibited drugs.

A 22-year-old man, from Geebung, Queensland, was charged with driving in a stolen car and administering a prohibited drug.

Both men have been refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court later today.


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