Police officers begin their search of the suspect vehicle that later turns up items of interest.
Police officers begin their search of the suspect vehicle that later turns up items of interest. Frank Redward

Man arrested after road spikes end mad Pacific Highway chase

A MAN is accused of endangering the lives of police officers and members of the public after leading a mad chase north of Coffs Harbour overnight.

The 59-year-old man was taken into police custody after being stopped at Arrawarra by the deployment of road spikes and he is now assisting with inquiries into the drawn out incident.

The drama began when a car with Victorian plates failed to stop at an RBT station in Coffs Harbour and sped away, sparking a 30km pursuit by highway patrol officers.

After being tailed through Arthur Street and Ocean Parade at Park Beach, the driver then raced north on the Pacific Highway where his speed was clocked at more than 30km/h above the sign-posted 80km limit for roadwork.

A highway patrol vehicle travelled towards the chase from the northern end of the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command and the officer deployed the road spikes with what is being described by his peers as "a perfect throw" to deflate all four tires on the suspect vehicle.

This caused the vehicle to crash into a concrete barrier before coming to a stop.

The driver was discovered to be uninjured when police arrived on the scene.

His badly damaged 1998 Holden Commodore was searched and it's understood some "items of interest" were collected.

He was arrested on the spot and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station for further questioning.



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