Isobel Rodgers

Northern Rivers roads became a private speedway

A DRIVER in a rental car yesterday led police on a wild chase doing speeds of up to 200kmh and colliding with two other vehicles in a pursuit which wound its way from Woodburn to Tweed Heads.

A police media spokeswoman confirmed a blue Holden Commodore was reported travelling south at high speed along the Pacific Hwy at Woodburn about 9.50am.

The car was reported as a Queensland-registered 2015 Holden Commodore.

When police lost sight of the car near Woodburn it was reportedly travelling at 150kmh. Maclean-based photographer Lynne Mowbray posted on Facebook about her frightening experience with the speeding car.

"Just had the closest near-miss on the Pacific Hwy," she posted.

"We were sitting on 100km when a blue Commodore flew up behind us and overtook on the inside of us which wasn't a lane, doing at least 150kmh, and was going so fast that we couldn't even get a number plate.

"We would have been killed if he had hit us ... scary stuff."

The police spokeswoman said it was believed the car left the highway near Woodburn and drove to Lismore via Coraki, before racing along Bangalow Rd and rejoining the highway.

"The car got to Ewingsdale and a pursuit was initiated there but terminated shortly after due to safety concerns," the spokeswoman said.

The Commodore was then reported by several people travelling at speeds of up to 200kmh, north along the highway towards the Queensland border.

"A further pursuit was initiated then terminated at Tweed Heads for safety reasons," the spokeswoman said.

"The car collided with two vehicles when changing lanes, one at Ewingsdale and one near Tyagarah.

" The spokeswoman said the cars involved suffered no serious damage.

During its journey and its attempts to avoid police the car travelled a distance of more than 150km from Woodburn to Tweed Heads.

Late yesterday the car still hadn't been located.

Police are urging anyone with any information about the blue 2015 Holden Commodore to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  


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