Men charged after car chase
POLICE have laid further charges over the dramatic 25km pursuit of a stolen car on the Pacific Highway north of Coffs Harbour.
A Grafton man, 19, is charged with take and drive conveyance, police pursuit, dangerous driving, negligent driving, speeding, mid-range drink-driving, driving while never licensed and five counts of stealing.
Two more Grafton men, aged 18 and 24, are charged with being carried in a conveyance and five counts of stealing.
All three faced Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday.
A Grafton youth, 17, was charged with being carried in a conveyance, breach of bail and five counts of stealing.
Another Grafton 17-year-old was charged with being carried in a conveyance and five counts of stealing.
The pair will face Coffs Harbour Children Court on a date to be fixed.
The chain of events unfolded on Monday night when a white Toyota Landcruiser was stolen from Grafton.
At 1.15am on Tuesday, highway patrol police spotted the vehicle overtaking northbound traffic near Emerald Beach.
Police allege the Landcruiser reached speeds of 123km/h in a 100km/h zone and they gave chase.
The officers were in hot pursuit to Woolgoolga where the vehicle crossed to the wrong side of the highway near Bosworth Road.
This forced police to terminate the pursuit due to safety reasons but it was reactivated a short time later just north of the town. Police continued to follow the vehicle north where it continued overtaking.
Officers deployed road spikes at Post Office Lane north of Corindi to stop the stolen vehicle. A front tyre deflated but it took another 4km before the car stopped on the side of the road.
Some of the occupants tried to flee from police but they were caught nearby.
When they searched the car, police allegedly found gear which had been stolen from at least five car break-ins around Coffs Harbour.
Target Action Group officers are continuing their inquiries.