END OF THE ROAD: A man is taken into custody after allegedly leading police on a dangerous pursuit near Coffs Harbour on Monday. Photo: Frank Redward
END OF THE ROAD: A man is taken into custody after allegedly leading police on a dangerous pursuit near Coffs Harbour on Monday. Photo: Frank Redward Frank Redward

Spikes bring an end to wild highway ride

WHEN drivers put their foot down rather than pull over for police, it's fair to assume something is amiss.

But Coffs Harbour police could not have guessed what they would find when they stopped a vehicle after a pursuit which started at Nambucca Heads on Monday and ended when spikes were deployed on the Woolgoolga Bypass.

A front tyre was blown and the driver forced to stop.

The alleged offender was taken into custody before the four-wheel-drive he tried to escape in was searched.

Inside police found the reason for his decision to flee - a quantity of illicit drugs.

After being questioned on Monday, the alleged offender was charged with two counts of Skye's Law and two counts of supply prohibited drug.

Coffs/Clarence acting crime manager, Peter O'Reilly, said the alleged offender was due to face court yesterday and further investigations would stem from the arrest.

"There was a short pursuit that started near Nambucca and headed north and it was terminated because of danger to the driver due to a minor collision and when in a suitable place police re-engaged the pursuit and deployed road spikes," Insp O'Reilly said.

The man's place of residence remains unknown. He is described as being of no fixed abode.

Skye's Law relates to drivers who deliberately try to avoid arrest by starting high-speed police chases.

The law is named for toddler Skye Sassine, killed when a driver crashed into her parents' car while evading police in 2009.



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