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Police say an officer was injured following pursuits spanning two police districts on the Far North Coast yesterday.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 22 October, a Subaru Liberty with Queensland registration plates was stolen from a Cabarita Beach address.

At about 1.30pm, officers attached to Tweed/Byron Target Action Group noticed the vehicle driving erratically on Byangum Road, Murwillumbah.

A pursuit was initiated with the vehicle allegedly travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h. The vehicle was abandoned and the male driver fled on foot.

A short time later, a white Hyundai i20 was allegedly stolen from a home at Bray Park.

Police located the vehicle and a second pursuit was initiated which continued out of the Murwillumbah area, with the vehicle travelling at estimated speeds of up to 150km/h.

The vehicle drove onto Commissioners Creek Road, Commissioners Creek, when the driver did a U-turn and hit a highway patrol vehicle. The male driver fled the scene on foot.

A male senior constable was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to minor soft tissue damage; he has since been released.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District extensively searched nearby bushland, with assistance from the Police Dog Unit and Queensland PolAir; however, were unable to locate the man.

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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