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An alleged stolen car; three police chases, including a crash that injured another driver; and a failed attempt to swim away from an arresting officer on a surfboard.

That’s the action-packed report police shared on the weekend of how they came to arrest a 24-year-old woman in the Tweed River on Saturday.

Officers said they spotted a stolen Volkswagen Amarok on Thursday 4 April at Brunswick Heads.

The car had been reported stolen from Chinderah on Wednesday 03 April before being reported as having being used to steal fuel from a Mullumbimby petrol station.

Police said they saw the car the next day at Brunswick Heads and took chase when the driver failed to stop before abandoning the course of action owing to safety concerns.

By Saturday 6 April, the car was reported back in the Tweed Shire, where another two police chases happened.

Police said the second chase was from Tweed Heads to Murwillumbah around 10pm Sunday and became perilous when the Amarok driver crashed into a Hyundai Imax being driven in the opposite direction on Tumbulgum Road.

A 45-year-old woman driving the Hyundai Imax was trapped and treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to the Gold Coast University hospital for treatment of a broken elbow and cuts.

But the chase didn’t end there.

Police said the Amarok driver ran from the scene into the Tweed River at Tyalgah.

Officers said they set up a perimeter, before a sergeant commandeered a surfboard and paddled some 500 metres along the river to arrest the 24-year-old accused woman.

Police said they took her to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged her with two outstanding warrants and seven offences.

She had bail refused at Lismore Local Court on Sunday and was due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

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