A car crashed into a tree and burst into flames after driving over a police officer’s foot during a pursuit on Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police were patrolling Shirley Street at about 3.30am (Saturday September 17), when they tried to stop a Subaru Liberty being driven without headlights.
They allege the vehicle drove off, reaching an estimated 100km/h in a 50km zone.
Police initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle to Skinners Shoot Road where the car stopped in a driveway and turned around.
As police approached the car, it allegedly accelerated again, running over a police officer’s foot. The officer was not injured.
Police lost sight of the car but it was located a short time later crashed into trees nearby with flames coming from the engine bay.
The driver, a 26-year-old man, was pulled from the vehicle by police via the driver’s side window and the fire was extinguished.
The driver was taken by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to a number of injuries as well as mandatory blood and urine tests.