Offenders nabbed after long pursuit
A YOUNG driver and his two passengers have been arrested in Coffs Harbour after a car chase at high speeds, which saw two highway patrol cars rammed.
Two men, aged 19 and 17, and a woman, 17, faced Coffs Harbour Court yesterday and were refused bail on multiple charges.
The dramatic events on Wednesday night involved a Mitsubishi Triton, allegedly stolen from Queensland, which was chased by police for almost 100km on the Pacific Highway.
It’s alleged the vehicle was clocked at speeds of up to 160km/h after highway patrol officers began to tail the four-wheel-drive at Bonville, about 7.30pm.
Police said the driver tried to outrun three patrol cars as it travelled south through Urunga, and Nambucca Heads towards Macksville.
Officers laid road spikes on the Macksville Bridge in an attempt to bring the pursuit to an end, but before it crossed the bridge, the four-wheel-drive allegedly rammed a police vehicle.
Police said the vehicle then collided with the bonnet of another patrol car, did a u-turn and headed back towards Coffs Harbour.
The stolen vehicle again reached dangerous speeds heading back to Coffs Harbour and was also seen to run several red lights on the outskirts of the city.
However, police stopped chasing at Hogbin Dr due to concerns for public safety.
Members of the public told officers that the Triton had been abandoned in GDT Seccombe Cl.
Minutes later, the three alleged offenders were found hiding on a nearby creek bank and taken into custody.