Couple charged after leading police on wild pursuit with children in car

A man and woman have been charged with a string of offences after allegedly leading police on a dangerous pursuit with two children, aged just six and eight-years-old, in the car.

The chaos unfolded about 10.45pm on Thursday, when police attempted to stop a Ford Ranger in Ballina.

“The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated, which continued through the streets of Ballina and on to the M1 motorway,” NSW Police said in a statement.


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“During the pursuit the man allegedly made calls to Triple Zero making threats towards police.”

About 10 minutes later, police were forced to terminate the chase due to the man’s dangerous manner of driving.

They then spotted the vehicle again a few hours later, heading towards Casino.

“Police attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it failed to stop and another pursuit was initiated.”

It’s understood the vehicle reversed into a highway patrol car, before accelerating and ramming another police vehicle which was pushed back several metres, narrowly missing an officer who was attempting to lay down road spikes.

Police then swarmed the car and arrested the 25-year-old male driver after a short struggle, while the man’s 29-year-old female passenger was also taken into custody.

Shockingly, officers discovered two children, aged six and eight, also inside the vehicle.

The man, who is wanted for serious offences in Queensland, has been charged with 28 offences including outstanding warrant, police pursuit, use carriage service to threaten to kill and more.

The woman was charged with aid and abet police pursuit, receive stolen property and wilfully obstruct officer in execution of duty.

The children have since been placed in the care of government services.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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