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Two arrested at Emerald Beach following road and foot chase

The Highway Patrol vehicle's on board camera shows the vehicle detected travelling at 125 km/h in the 80km/h zone on the Pacific Highway.
The Highway Patrol vehicle's on board camera shows the vehicle detected travelling at 125 km/h in the 80km/h zone on the Pacific Highway. NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

TRAFFIC offences such as one that prompted a police pursuit at Emerald Beach overnight have got NSW Highway Patrol boss, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, shaking his head with disappointment and some frustration.

Another 45 PCA charges were laid state-wide on day two of Operation Stay Alert, to go with the 25 drivers caught drink driving on Friday.

"Motorists are continuing to put lives at risk by driving while under the influence of alcohol," AC Hartley said.

"The higher your blood alcohol level, the higher the risk of having a crash.

"Across the state yesterday we saw too many people allegedly putting the lives of other road users, and themselves, at risk because they made the choice to drive while over the alcohol limit.

"The consequences of their actions could very well have been devastating so it is disappointing people are ignoring our pleas and continuing to do it."

Around 12am Sunday, a mobile unit from Coffs-Clarence LAC became suspicious of a vehicle near the overpass at Emerald Beach and signalled the driver to pull over for a random breath test.

The driver allegedly failed to do so and this sparked a pursuit that continued through Heritage Drive and into Sharp Close.

With highway patrol cars closing in, the driver allegedly entered the driveway of a residence.

His progress was halted when the vehicle became wedged against a tree with the front seat passenger trapped in the vehicle.

After running from the stranded vehicle, the driver was detained by police officers after a short pursuit on foot.

Both occupants were then placed under arrest and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where inquiries are continuing.

Later at around 7.20am, highway patrol officers from Mid North Coast LAC detected a BMW M4 travelling southbound on the Pacific Highway at 125km/h in the 80km/h zone.

Police issued the Chinese National female driver with an over 30km/h speeding infringement notice of $835AUD.

Operation Stay Alert, the NSW Police traffic operation for the Queen's Birthday long weekend, runs until 11.59pm on Monday, June 8.

Double demerits remain in place for all speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

Topics:  assistant commissioner john hartley coffs clarence lac mid north coast lac



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