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About 12.20am on Sunday, a stolen BMW was seen in Tweed Heads by detectives from Tweed/Byron Police District. The vehicle had allegedly been stolen earlier in the night during an armed robbery at Coopers Plains in Queensland.

At 1am the vehicle was observed by police to enter the car park of Tweed Heads Hospital. A detective’s vehicle entered the car park, at which time the stolen BMW deliberately drove at it, colliding with the driver’s side.

Further police attended, including a Senior Constable attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, who was struck by the car and thrown to the roadway.

The vehicle then reversed, colliding with a car containing a 15 month old child, who was not injured.

The BMW then drove from the car park but was stopped a short time later on Avla Street, with three of the four occupants arrested.

The men, aged 29, 22 and 20 were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where they were charged with multiple offences including police pursuit (drive speed dangerous), drive reckless/furious or speed/manner dangerous, use offensive weapon to avoid apprehension, predatory driving, armed with intent, possess implements to enter/drive conveyance, learner unaccompanied.

All three men have been refused bail and will appear in front of Tweed Local Court today. The fourth male passenger, who fled the scene, is currently wanted by police as investigations continue.

The Senior Constable who was struck by the vehicle was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital where he received treatment for a dislocated shoulder and lacerations/bruising. He has now been released from hospital.

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