The driver of a clearly marked police vehicle stopped at traffic lights in Tweed Heads on Saturday night ‘got the nod’ from the driver of another car who then led police on a chase through town.
About 11.55pm on Saturday (November 11), the police car was stopped at the intersection of Wharf Road and Florence Street, Tweed Heads.
Police allege a 30-year-old male from Tweed Heads South, driving a red Mazda 323 pulled alongside the police car.
The Mazda’s engine was revving loudly causing police to look at the car and driver. The driver began nodding at police and as soon as the traffic light turned green the Mazda took off at speed.
Police activated all warning lights and sirens and the Mazda failed to stop.
The car was pursued west along Wharf Road Tweed Heads reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 120km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone. The pursuit continued onto Minjungbal Drive reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 100 km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone.
The pursuit continued with the Mazda turning into Lloyd Street, Tweed Heads South, and then into Faulkner Drive.
At the intersection of Faulkner Dr and Cunningham Street the Mazda came to an abrupt stop where the 30-yea- old man verbally challenged police.
Police talked the man down and he was arrested. He was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative reading. The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with police pursuit, driving in a speed dangerous to the public, exceeding speed by more than 45 km/h and driving while his license was expired.
The man was bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court on the November 21.