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A man has been arrested at gunpoint after a stolen car crossed into NSW from Queensland and was then involved in two high-speed pursuits.

About 11am yesterday (Thursday 31 January 2019), officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District were alerted by Queensland Police that a stolen black Commodore had crossed into NSW and the driver was allegedly armed with a firearm.

Police sighted the vehicle on Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum, 20km south-west of Tweed Heads, and initiated a pursuit which reached speeds of up to 200km/h before it was terminated.

At 12.25pm, the same vehicle was involved in a second pursuit, with police alleging the driver reached speeds of up to 160km/h, before he turned onto a dirt road, lost control and crashed.

The driver ran from the vehicle was but was arrested a short distance away at gunpoint following a violent struggle.

Checks of the vehicle confirmed it was linked to a home invasion involving a firearm in Queensland. The vehicle had also been re-birthed; meaning it had had all the reference material on the car removed such as the VIN and chassis numbers.

The 28-year-old man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with two outstanding warrants and a further 15 offences:

• Police pursuit – drive manner dangerous (two counts)
• Drive in a manner dangerous
• Receive property stolen outside the state
• Drive whilst disqualified (two counts)
• Goods in custody suspected of being stolen (two counts)
• Resist arrest
• Dishonestly obtain property by deception
• Display false plates (two counts), and,
• Three offences relating to car rebirthing.

He was bail refused to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today.

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