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About 5.45pm Friday (July 31) Queensland police alerted NSW officers that a blue Honda Civic they were monitoring was about to cross the border.

Queensland officers had attempted to intercept the vehicle earlier, but the Civic failed to stop.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron LAC were guided by Queensland’s PolAir and initiated a pursuit of the vehicle southbound on the M1 Pacific Motorway.

The pursuit was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns but PolAir continued to monitor the Civic as it travelled south on the M1.

The vehicle eventually came to an abrupt stop at the roadworks zone near Bangalow about 6.30pm.

Queensland’s PolAir observed a male driver get out of the vehicle and run into nearby bushland.

Police arrived a short time later and the man was arrested without incident.

The 26-year-old female passenger was arrested at the scene, but taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to injuries sustained when the vehicle came to a stop.

No one else was injured during the incident.

The 29-year-old man was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with police pursuit-not stop drive dangerously, police pursuit-not stop drive at speed, drive while disqualified, drive manner dangerous.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Saturday, August 1).

Inquiries are continuing.

It is anticipated Queensland Police Service will seek extradition at a later date.


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