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A man has been extradited to NSW from Queensland and charged in relation to the ramming of a police car on the Pacific Highway over the weekend.

At about 4.30pm on Sunday (September 13), a highway patrol officer stopped a white Toyota Hilux near Bangalow.

The male senior constable spoke with the male driver who claimed the heavily pregnant passenger was having contractions.

While the officer was calling an ambulance, the driver got back into the ute and reversed into the front of the police car, before driving off in the northbound lane.

The officer was not injured but an immediate search failed to find the ute.

Police were later called to Hayters Hill Nature Reserve, where they found the burnt-out Toyota Hilux.

Following further inquiries, detectives were told a nearby house had been broken into and a number of items stolen, including a blue Suzuki van.

That van was later found burnt out just north of the Queensland border.

Yesterday (Wednesday September 16) Queensland police located a 25-year-old man at a motel in Coomera.

He was taken to Southport police station, where he was interviewed by Byron Bay detectives.

The man was subsequently extradited to NSW, where he was charged with larceny, motor vehicle theft, property damage and dangerous driving – at Byron Bay police station.

He was refused bail and is scheduled to appear before Byron Bay Local Court today.


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