POLICE have been forced to draw their weapons while arresting a man near Tweed Heads, after he allegedly lead them on two high-speed chases in a stolen car.
Queensland Police alerted their counterparts over the border around 11am on Thursday that a stolen black Commodore had crossed into NSW and the driver was allegedly armed with a firearm.
Tweed/Byron Police District officers spotted the car on Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum.
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They initiated a pursuit but had to call it off after the driver allegedly reached speeds in excess of 200km/h.
At 12.25pm, officers were involved in another pursuit with the car, with police alleging the driver reached speeds of up to 160km/h, before he turned onto a dirt road, lost control and crashed.
The drive ran off and was chased by officers who claim they were forced to draw their gun on the suspect after a ‘violent struggle’.
Checks of the vehicle confirmed it was linked to a home invasion involving a firearm in Queensland; it had also been rebirthed.
The 28-year-old man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with two outstanding warrants and a further 15 offences:
- Police pursuit – drive manner dangerous (two counts)
- Drive in a manner dangerous
- Receive property stolen outside the state
- Drive whilst disqualified (two counts)
- Goods in custody suspected of being stolen (two counts)
- Resist arrest
- Dishonestly obtain property by deception
- Display false plates (two counts), and,
- Three offences relating to car rebirthing.
He was bail refused to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Friday.