Wild chase leads to arrest

HE thought he could out-run police but in the end he had nowhere to hide.

Police were at the intersection of Bray Street and the Pacific Highway about 8.30pm on Wednesday when they heard the screeching of tyres.

They saw a white Ford ute doing a burnout and smoke pouring from the car as a result.

Officers followed the vehicle which then accelerated along the highway and turned into Arthur Street.

Police say the driver at some stages of his wild ride lost control and fish-tailed and reached speeds of up to 90km/h in a 60km/h zone.

They chased the car which eventually turned into the Hoey Moey drive-through bottleshop and stopped.

They arrested the driver and breath-tested him at the scene and he returned a positive reading.

The Coffs Harbour man, 27, was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was subsequently charged with mid-range drink-driving after a breath analysis of .126, driving with a suspended licence, doing a burnout and exceeding the speed limit.

In Toormina, a Coffs Harbour man, 29, wound up in hot water after police noticed him riding a 250cc motorbike in Linden Avenue at 11pm on Wednesday.

He was subsequently charged with never being licensed to ride and riding an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Police also confiscated the bike.

In other news, police are looking for a man and a woman who stole alcohol from Liquorland in Coffs Harbour.

The pair entered the Park Avenue outlet at 2.30pm on Wednesday and the woman selected a one litre bottle of Wild Turkey.

She placed it in her bag and the pair fled the store and was last seen running along Albany Street.

They are described as Aboriginal in appearance and aged about 30.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you can help with the investigation.



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