Region in NSW top 10 for pursuits

MOTORISTS who have tried to outrun the law on North Coast roads have put the Coffs/Clarence on a top 10 list for police pursuits in NSW.

The local area command rated sixth in the state with 12 pursuits between March and December last year, NSW police statistics revealed.

Coffs/Clarence featured alongside Bankstown, the police pursuit capital with 21 incidents, Tuggerah Lakes 17, Newcastle 15, Lake Illawarra 14 and Shoalhaven with 13.

NSW Police Minister Michael Daley told the Sun Herald about 95 per cent of the state’s police pursuits ended without incident.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said most of the pursuits in the local area command ended with the arrest of the offenders.

“We take a dim view of these types of dangerous actions when people try to evade police on the roads. We have charged a number of offenders under Skyes Law and we expect them to be dealt with accordingly by the courts,” Det Insp Lindsay said.

In April, one woman allegedly drove at more than 170km/h on the Pacific Highway before hitting two sets of police road spikes.

The 35-year, believed to be from Broadbeach, was arrested after she ditched the car south of Macksville.

The woman allegedly refused instructions to pull over and was chased through Urunga to Valla.

Police said the pursuit was terminated north of the Macksville Bridge after the vehicle dangerously crossed to the opposite side of the road.

The BMW was abandoned near the town’s industrial estate and the alleged offender was found hitch-hiking on the highway.

Then in June, five Grafton men were charged after a 25-kilometre pursuit ended near Corindi.

Three men and two juveniles were allegedly spotted by officers in a stolen vehicle overtaking traffic at speed near Emerald Beach.

Police allege the four-wheel-drive crossed to the opposite side of the road near Woolgoolga before road spikes were deployed north of Corindi.