Police say they have arrested two men after a lengthy pursuit in the Tweed Byron area.
Police staff say that at about 9.05pm on Friday, officers attached to Tweed Byron Highway Patrol observed a commodore bearing suspected stolen number plates travelling on the Pacific Highway at Yelgun.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it allegedly increased its speed and a pursuit was initiated.
During the nearly one-and-a-half-hour pursuit, police were assisted by Queensland Polair.
Tyre deflation devices successfully damaged two of the car’s tires, but the vehicle continued and allegedly crossed onto the wrong side of the road several times.
The pursuit was terminated when the car allegedly drove onto the wrong side of the M1 at Fingal but was restarted a short time later.
The car was followed down a dead-end street, where the 25-year-old male driver and a 25-year-old male passenger were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station. The driver has been charged with 13 offences:
- three counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously,
- three counts of drive recklessly/furiously or speed manner dangerous,
- resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty,
- drive vehicle under influence of drugs,
- use unregistered registrable class a motor vehicle on road,
- use uninsured motor vehicle,
- learner exceed speed >45km/h,
- learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester, and
- learner driver not display “L” plates as prescribed
He will appear in Tweed Heads Court on Monday, May 25.
The passenger was issued several traffic infringements and released.