Joel Turner of Evans Head was devastated to find his car had been stolen and involved in a high-speed police chase, before crashing.
Joel Turner of Evans Head was devastated to find his car had been stolen and involved in a high-speed police chase, before crashing. Contributed Facebook Joel Turner

Owner 'gutted' stolen car involved in 180km/h police chase

Update 5.12pm: JOEL Turner was gutted to wake up and find his car missing from his Evans Head home. He was even more shocked to hear it had allegedly been involved in a 180km/h police chase and a collision on a roundabout - 400km away.

Mr Turner found out Saturday morning his 2013 Holden Commodore had been found near Taree, but it wasn't until he travelled down to see the car on Monday he learnt the full extent of the damage.

"The highway patrol (officer) said it was a write-off. I went to Taree yesterday, it was pretty smashed up."

Luckily Mr Turner had insurance, but was still sad to see the end of a car that had "never let me down".

 

Original story 5.00am: HAVING your car stolen is bad enough, but finding out it was involved in a high speed chase and a head on collision must be devastating.

A car stolen from Evans Head last Friday night has been found 400km away after being involved in an 180km/h police chase and a head on collision on a roundabout.

Manning-Great Lakes Police District reported on their Facebook page they were called to Old Bar on Saturday night due to a person causing trouble at an aged care facility.

General duty police located the male in a vehicle and contacted local highway patrol officers.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle but it accelerated away on Old Bar Road towards the Pacific Highway reaching speeds of 180km/h in the 90km sign posted area.

Police lost sight of the vehicle coming into Glenthorne, south of Port Macquarie, but were soon alerted that the vehicle driven by a 37yr old QLD man had driven onto the roundabout at Glenthorne on the incorrect side of the road and collided head on with another vehicle.

No one sustained serious injuries.

Police were quickly on the scene where they arrested the male who was conveyed to Taree Police Station where he was charged with stealing the motor vehicle from Evans Head the previous night, police pursuit and not stopping, driving whilst disqualified and other offences.

The male was refused bail and will front Taree Local Court this week.



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