Two men have been arrested after leading police on a one-and-a-half-hour pursuit in the Tweed Byron area overnight.
The chaos unfolded just after 9.00pm, when officers spotted a commodore bearing suspected stolen number plates travelling on the Pacific Highway at Yelgun.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it allegedly sped off, forcing officers to initiate a pursuit.
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The Queensland Police chopper was called in to help officers track the car.
A tyre deflation device managed to damage two of the car’s tyres, however it didn’t stop the vehicle, which continued to allegedly cross onto the wrong side of the M1 at Fingal.
The chase finally came to an end when the car was followed down a dead-end street.
Two men, both aged 25, were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.
The driver has been charged with a string of offences including three counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, three counts of drive recklessly/furiously or speed manner dangerous, resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.
He was also slapped with drive vehicle under influence of drugs, use unregistered registrable class a motor vehicle on road, use uninsured motor vehicle, learner exceed speed > 45km/h, learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester, and learner driver not display “L” plates as prescribed.
He has been refused bail to face Lismore Local Court today.
The passenger was issued a number of traffic infringements and released.
Inquiries are continuing.