Police chase ends with arrest
IT was one of the wildest car rides Coffs Harbour’s ever seen and would have fitted right in on Mount Panorama.
Police allege a stolen Toyota Starlet reached 120km/h in the dizzying pursuit on suburban streets and the busy Pacific Highway packed with B-doubles and commuters on Thursday night.
The vehicle sped away when the driver spotted a highway patrol car in Park Beach Road at 9.30pm. Police saw the car run a red light at the Pacific Highway intersection where it turned south onto the highway.
Officers gave chase into Orlando Street where at one stage the Starlet’s headlights were switched off.
The car tore into Hogbin Drive and then into Prince Street where it stopped and the male front seat passenger fled on foot.
The Toyota sped into Phillip Street and stopped at the Park Beach Road intersection where police pulled up alongside.
The driver allegedly shouted through his open window he wasn’t going to stop and sped away again along Park Beach Road where his front tyre ripped apart on a roundabout before again running a red light and hurtling north on the highway.
Police say he crossed to the wrong side of the road at the Big Banana and tore into the car park before heading back onto the highway and travelling south in the northbound lanes.
He had to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic and headed north in the southbound lanes past Diggers Beach Road.
Police briefly terminated the pursuit because of the dangers to the public and reported seeing the car on the wrong side of the highway several times.
With the front tyre now running only on its rim, the car eventually stopped between West Korora Road and Bay Drive and the driver fled into scrub.
Police found him hiding in bushes and arrested him and he was taken to hospital for blood and urine samples.
Officers allege the car was stolen from Coomera in Queensland on Wednesday.
A man, 29, has been charged with receiving stolen property, police pursuit/drive dangerously, reckless and furious driving, drive while disqualified, speeding and an outstanding warrant. He is now before the courts.