Drug-affected driver triggers dangerous police chase with child in the car

A DISQUALIFIED driver who allegedly triggered a dangerous police pursuit in northern NSW yesterday was allegedly high on drugs and had a child in his car at the time, police say.

The drama began when a 28-year-old man behind the wheel of a Mazda sedan failed to stop for police on the Gwydir Highway near Glen Innes just before 2pm on Wednesday.

Police said officers were attempting to intercept the vehicle for a random breath test. They pursued the sedan for a short distance along the highway before the chase was terminated for safety reasons.


The Mazda was found a short time later on Sturmans Road at Swan Vale where police said it had been driven through a fence and onto a nearby property.

A 30-year-old woman carrying a child jumped out of the car and allegedly tried running away from the scene.

She, along with the 28-year-old driver who also tried running, was arrested following a brief foot pursuit.

Police said the driver wasn’t even supposed to behind the wheel and was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

They were taken to Glen Innes Police Station where the man was charged with drive manner/speed dangerous, driving whilst disqualified and under the influence of drugs, skye’s law, malicious damage and enter enclosed lands.

He was refused bail and was due to front Armidale Local Court today.

The woman was released without charge.