Suspected stolen vehicle burned by vandals off Englands Road
POLICE in Coffs Harbour would welcome public assistance to help locate whoever vandalised a vehicle in bushland near the waste management facility on Friday night.
The Subaru Forester was well alight by the time a fire and rescue crew arrived at the location on Englands Road at about 9.20pm.
While the fire was quickly extinguished, the vehicle was totally destroyed.
Inquiries revealed the Subaru was almost certainly stolen with its registered address believed to be in the Casino area.
Any member of the public with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile, Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, has again reminded drivers to slow down after more than 1000 were caught speeding during day one of Operation Stay Alert.
"A total of 1064 drivers were issued infringements for speeding offences," AC Hartley said.
"This is an increase from the 899 speeding infringements issued during the same period last year which not only jeopardises drivers' safety, but also risks the safety of all other road users.
"I'm disappointed that drivers aren't heeding the double demerits message for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences this weekend.
"While there are several factors that contribute toward collisions including fatigue and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding significantly increases your risk of injury if involved in a crash.
"I urge everyone travelling on the roads this weekend to please slow down and stay safe.
"If you're travelling long distances remember to stop for regular breaks, so you remain focused and arrive safely at your destination."
In one of the more serious incidents reported, a woman was charged after a police pursuit which ended when she crashed into three vehicles including a Highway Patrol car.
Officers deployed road spikes to stop her rampage and she was charged with police pursuit, fail to stop when requested, not exchange particulars to other driver, dangerous driving, and an outstanding warrant.