Man jailed over police pursuit near Ballina

Dash-cam video footage of police pursuit courtesy of Danny Forrest

Update: The 19-year-old man who led police on a dangerous car chase along the north coast on Sunday morning will spend at least a year behind bars.

Kalem Cosgrove, 19, of Maryborough in Queensland, twice led police on car chases between South Grafton and Yelgun before his car hit road spikes. He drove on for 45km on one tyre and three rims.

His car, which had two different number plate on it, burst into flames soon after it finally pulled over.

Mr Cosgrove, who had a 14-year-old female passenger with him, appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday (Monday January 16) wearing no shoes or shirt, local media reported.

He was sentenced to 21 months jail in total, including six months for driving an unregistered vehicle without a licence and 15 months for not stopping during a police pursuit (Skye’s Law).

He will not be eligible for parole until January next year.

Original report: A 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were arrested after a police pursuit from Ballina to Tweed yesterday in a car that travelled for 45 kilometres on one tyre and three rims.

Police say that around 10.50am on Sunday, a Ford Falcon allegedly failed to stop for a roadside breath test at Ballina. A pursuit began but was terminated due to safety concerns.

About 12.30pm, police saw the vehicle at Wardell and tried to stop it. When it failed to stop, another pursuit commenced.

It ended about 1.15pm, when the car stopped on the Pacific Highway at Crabbes Creek, after road spikes were deployed twice and the car travelled on one tyre and three rims for about 45 kilometres.

The man and his young passenger were arrested at the scene and taken to Byron Bay Police Station .

A short time after the pursuit ended, the car caught alight.

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