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Police used road spikes on the Pacific Highway south of Ballina yesterday to stop a stolen vehicle driven by a man involved in a spate of pursuits which began in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old man was charged with a number of offences and refused bail to appear in court today.

Police said that around 7.20pm on Tuesday night, a man allegedly stole a black Ford Falcon from a house on Johnson Road, Sandy Beach.

Police later saw the Ford being driven along the Pacific Highway at Korora and a pursuit was initiated after the driver allegedly failed to stop.

The pursuit was terminated by police and a short time later the Ford was involved in a collision on Toormina Road where the driver allegedly failed to stop at the scene.

Early yesterday morning, (Wednesday 20 August 2014), police were involved in two pursuits with the Ford in the Woolgoolga and Sandy Beach area.

Both pursuits were terminated due to safety reasons.

About 8am, a man allegedly dumped the stolen Ford at a business on Paperbark Drive, Townsend, before allegedly stealing a white Toyota Landcruiser from the premises.

Later in the morning, the stolen Toyota was seen by police as it travelled along the Pacific Highway, Wardell.

Police tried to stop the Toyota, however, the driver failed to stop and another pursuit was initiated.

During the pursuit, police successfully deployed road spikes, deflating two tyres of the vehicle before it came to a stop on a road in Pimlico, about 12km south of Ballina.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene, and police allegedly located a number of knives, an axe, a baseball bat and key cards inside the vehicle.

The man was taken to Ballina Police Station. According to police he was charged with, ‘Pursuit-not stop-drive dangerously (Skye’s Law), take and drive conveyance, drive while disqualified, and possess prohibited drug.’

He was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on Thursday 21 August 2014.

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