Man in stolen car leads police on chase – twice

Police have arrested a man in a stolen car, who they pursued through Murwillumbah on Thursday and again on Pacific Motorway on Saturday before finally arresting him.

About 11.20pm on Thursday, November 25, police commenced pursing a Ford Festiva vehicle through Murwillumbah after the driver failed to stop for a routine traffic stop.

It is alleged the vehicle travelled up to 90Kkm/h through the before heading east along Tweed Valley Way where it travelled at speeds up to 130km/h.

Police terminated the pursuit because of the dangerous manner the car was being driven.

But at 11.37pm on Saturday night (November 25) Highway Patrol officers sighted the same vehicle travelling along Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum.

The vehicle failed to stop and another police pursuit commenced.

It is alleged the vehicle reached speeds of 150km/h the sign posted 100MK/H zone. The vehicle was pursued to the Pacific Motorway from Chinderah to Tweed Heads reaching speeds of up to 160km/h in the sign posted 100km/h zone.

The vehicle was pursued through the Tugun tunnel and about one kilometre south of the Queensland boarder the drive lost control and the vehicle began spinning clockwise before colliding with fencing in the middle of the road.

Police arrested the driver a 22-year-old male from Tweed heads. A breath test at the scene did not detect any alcohol. He was taken to hospital for blood and urine tests to detect if he was under the influence of any prohibited drugs.

The car the man was allegedly was allegedly stolen from Palm Beach Qld some ten days prior. The man was charged with Police Pursuit, exceed speed by more than 45km/h and possess stolen property from outside of NSW. The man was refused bailed to appear before the Tweed heads Local Court on Sunday.

Unlicensed driver crashes car

About 4.00am on Thursday, November 23 a 22-year-old man from Elanora, Qld, allegedly failed to negotiate a bend while travelling along the Pacific Highway at Duranbah and collided with the safety barriers before travelling into a nearby paddock.

Police were called and located the man a short distance away from the car.

He was subjected to a breath test, which proved positive to alcohol, was arrested and taken to Tweed heads Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of .090.

A check revealed the man has never held a driving license. The man was charged with MRPCA and unlicensed driving and was bailed to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on the January 8 next year.


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