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A 22-year-old led police on a dramatic night-time chase reaching speeds of up 170km/h on Friday night.

Police say the chase started shortly after 10pm in Queensland with the youth being pursued by the Queensland police helicopter as he drove south on the Pacific Highway towards NSW.

It took just 11 minutes for the youth to reach and cross the border, at which point two NSW police cars gave chase.

The young driver refused to stop, increasing his speed to 160km/h and weaving in and out of traffic.

Some kilometres down the road the youth braked suddenly, made a skidding U-turn in front of oncoming traffic, and began travelling back up north on the highway.

As the second of the two NSW police vehicles took over the chase, the youth increased his speed to 170km/h and crossed back into Queensland, forcing NSW police to terminate the chase.

The Queensland police helicopter then took over.

Soon after, the youth entered the carpark of a local cultural centre at Tallebudgera where he was finally arrested.

It was confirmed he had five outstanding warrants from Queensland and one from Western Australia. The male was charged by Queensland Police for all related offences involving the stolen motor vehicle and police pursuit offences.

Meanwhile, police will apply for the extradition of a man who was arrested trying to board an overseas flight in Brisbane this morning, after allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal crash in northern NSW yesterday.

As the result of a joint operation between six different state and federal police agencies, the 52-year-old man was stopped just before 2am (Tuesday 3 September 2019) at Brisbane Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Hong Kong.

Police believe the man was involved in a collision between two motorcycles and a car at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Tweed Valley Way in Tumbulgum about 3.20pm on Monday.

A male rider of one of the motorbikes died at the scene, the other male rider was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop.

Police are now appealing for the public’s assistance to locate the car involved in the crash – a late model 2019 Blue Hyundai I30 with QLD registration 170-ZCP.

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