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A man has been charged following a pursuit along the Pacific Highway at Cudgera Creek on Friday.

And in a separate incident on Saturday, a driver returned ‘extremely high’ blood alcohol levels after the car they were driving flipped and landed on its roof on the M1 at Tweed Heads South.

About 11am Friday (March 24), highway patrol officers sighted a Victorian registered Holden Commodore allegedly travelling above the speed limit on the Pacific Highway west of Pottsville.

A pursuit was commenced when the driver of the Holden allegedly failed to stop and accelerated the car to speeds in excess of 160km/h.

The pursuit was terminated by police due to public safety concerns.

A short time later, the Holden was located abandoned on the Clothiers Creek exit ramp on the M1 Motorway.

Following inquiries, about 20 minutes later officers stopped three men in a Suzuki sedan in Murwillumbah.

A 32-year-old man from Tweed Heads was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station. He was charged with not stopping for a police pursuit (‘Skye’s Law’), driving in a dangerous manner, driving without a licence, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving with unauthorised number plates and breach of bail.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Saturday (March 25).

The driver of the Suzuki was also issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for driving while disqualified and the passenger arrested for possess prohibited drug.

Car flips

About 4pm on Saturday (March 25), police were called the M1 Motorway, South Tweed, where a motor vehicle had lost control and impacted with the concrete barriers causing it to flip onto its roof.

Emergency services breath tested the driver at the scene.

Police say the result of the test was ‘extremely high’ so the was taken to Tweed Hospital for a blood test.

Police are waiting for the results of the blood test before charges are laid.

The accident caused major traffic disruptions for over an hour.


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