A MAN and woman have been arrested and charged with a long list of serious offences after embarking on a daring five-day crime spree across northern New South Wales.
The pair is accused of stealing a Toyota ute from a property on Strathbogie Road at Wellingrove around 3.55am on Friday and driving it to Grafton, 200 kilometres away.
Around two o’clock that afternoon, police said the vehicle stopped at a service station in South Grafton where the driver allegedly filled up and drove off without paying.
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Two police vehicles were then dispatched to patrol the Gwydir Highway east of Glen Innes where they spotted the Toyota around one kilometre past the Glen Innes Correctional Facility.
As police attempted to intercept the stolen vehicle, the driver allegedly rammed the passenger side of the patrol car and continued at high speed along the Gwydir Highway towards Glen Innes.
The vehicle again eluded police just after 5pm after going off-road and driving into a paddock on Strathbogie Road northwest of Glen Innes.
The couple later abandoned the vehicle which was recovered and seized for forensic examination and fled the scene on foot.
A Toyota Hilux belonging to the Rural Fire Service was then stolen from Lang Street at Glen Innes sometime between Sunday and Monday. This vehicle was recovered on Tuesday.
Following inquiries, a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested just before midday on Tuesday.
The couple were taken to the Armidale Police Station where the man was charged with 19 offences including two counts of fraud (fail to pay), four counts of driving while disqualified, resist arrest and assault police.
The man was also charged with four counts of driving a conveyance without consent and two counts each of using offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, enter building with intent to commit indictable offence and malicious damage.
Meanwhile, the woman was charged with nine offences including three counts of driving a conveyance without consent and two counts of driving without ever being licensed.
She was also charged with one count each of break, enter and steal, obtain property by deception and damage property by fire.
The couple was remanded in custody to appear before Armidale Local Court this afternoon.