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A highway patrol car stopped the man, in a white Toyota Hilux, at around 4.30pm on Sunday and the man told an officer that a heavily-pregnant passenger was having contractions.

Police say that while the officer was calling an ambulance, the man returned to the Hilux and reversed harshly, crashing into the front of the highway patrol car, before driving off in a northerly direction.

The senior constable was not injured.

An extensive search for the vehicle located it burnt out at Hayters Hill Nature Reserve, near Byron Bay.

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

The van was later found, also burnt out, just north of the Queensland border.

Tweed-Byron police then liaised with counterparts in the Queensland Police Service and yesterday officers in Queensland found the man at a motel in Coomera.

He was taken to Southport police station, interviewed there by Byron Bay detectives and extradited to NSW, where he was charged at Byron Bay police station with a range of offences including including larceny, motor vehicle theft, property damage and dangerous driving.

He was kept in custody till his appearance in court today.

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