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A dash-cam photo of the police pursuit. Dunoon Road, Tullera 10.43am.

Like a scene from the Blues Brothers, a lone vehicle raced out of The Channon on Monday morning at about 10.50am followed by a highway patrol car, then another and another.

All up seven police vehicles trailed the yellow jeep along Tuntable Creek Road heading toward Nimbin.

Police say that shortly after 10.30am officers attached to Richmond Traffic and Highway Patrol were conducting stationary RBT on Brunswick Street, Lismore, when a yellow Jeep Wrangler allegedly stopped before the site and conducted a U-turn.

Officers initiated a pursuit a short time later, which continued for 55-kilometres through several suburbs, including Lismore, Tullera, Modanville, The Channon, Nimbin and on to Mount Burrell.

The pursuit lasted long enough for members of several Facebook groups in the area to send out warnings along the way for locals to keep out of the path of the speeding cars, many suggesting that is was not safe for such a large scale pursuit on the windy roads north west of Lismore.

Some time later in the morning the Jeep was located abandoned on a fire trail near Mount Burrell, with officers from Richmond PD – with assistance from Police Rescue – conducting a search to locate the driver.

Shortly before 4pm, a 19-year-old man was arrested inside a vehicle on Kyogle Road, Mount Burrell and was taken to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed, drive while licence cancelled, exceed speed more than 45km/hr and drive across dividing lines to do U-turn.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court yesterday (Tuesday 29 September 2020), where he was formally bail refused to appear at the same court on Wednesday 11 November 2020.

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