Drunk driver behind dangerous police pursuits

A MAN has been charged following a number of dangerous, alcohol fuelled high-speed police pursuits near Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Just after 4.30pm, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop a Ford ‘Ka’ travelling north along the Pacific Highway, after it was detected to be allegedly speeding.

When the vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated, where it’s alleged the Ford reached speeds of up to 160km/h.


The pursuit ceased south of Bom Bom due to safety concerns, before a second pursuit recommenced just before 5.10pm in Ulmarra.

Police ceased the pursuit a second time, due to safety concerns.

A short time later, officers located the vehicle on the Pacific Highway at Cowper.

The male driver allegedly attempted to flee the scene to a nearby property, where he was arrested and subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive result.

The Ford was searched, when police allegedly located a number of new car tyres, believed to have been stolen.

The 43-year-old driver was taken to Grafton Police Station, where he allegedly returned a positive breath test analysis reading of 0.093.

The man was charged with 12 offences, including drive in a dangerous manner, menacing driving, exceed speed, mid-range PCA, disqualified and unregistered driver, and goods in custody.

He has been refused bail, to appear at Grafton Local Court today.