Coffs Clarence police inspector Joanne Reid briefs the media on the high speed pursuit arrests.
Coffs Clarence police inspector Joanne Reid briefs the media on the high speed pursuit arrests. Rob Wright

Road spikes stop stolen car

POLICE used road spikes to stop a stolen vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit on the Coffs Coast. 

The maroon Jeep Cherokee driven by an 18-year-old Queensland man crashed into a tree at Nambucca Heads, after it failed to stop for police. 

Coffs Clarence Inspector Joanne Reid said the driver and three youths have been charged with numerous traffic and stolen property charges to appear in court this morning.

"The vehicle was reported stolen from a  Queensland address on Tuesday and was detected by Grafton police last night around 6.23pm," Inspt Reid said.  

"Officers engaged in a pursuit, but it was terminated due to the dangerous manner the vehicle was being driven in.

Police said Coffs Harbour officers spotted the vehicle at Emerald Beach at 8.41pm and a second pursuit was initiated, but was again terminated due to safety concerns.

The pursuit was re-engaged south of Coffs Harbour before spikes were used at Nambucca.

After the vehicle crashed into the tree, the occupants fled.

The 18-year-old male driver and another occupant of the vehicle were arrested near the scene around 9.10pm.  

The two other youths were caught by police at the Nambucca Heads McDonalds at 12.45pm.

The 18-year-old driver will today face numerous traffic and stolen property charges in Kempsey Local Court.

The three youths, a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl have been refused bail to appear in children's court.


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