Man extradited following violent carjacking, pursuit near Qld border

A MAN has been extradited to NSW following a violent carjacking and pursuit which started in northern NSW and ended on the Gold Coast.

The chaos first unfolded on Dawson Street in Lismore around 2.00pm on Saturday.

“A 25-year-old man was seated inside a BMW sedan when an unknown man opened the car door and allegedly assaulted him, before taking the vehicle and fleeing the scene,” NSW Police said.


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The victim was fortunately uninjured and managed to alert a passing police vehicle, which attempted to stop the stolen car after spotting it on Tweed Valley Way at Murwillumbah.

“When the driver failed to stop, police initiated a pursuit, with the vehicle allegedly reaching speeds of approximately 200km/h in a sign-posted 100km/h zone,” police said.

“The pursuit was terminated a short time later due to the manner of driving”.

The stolen BMW then crossed the border into Queensland on the M1 before it was involved in a collision at Reedy Creek a short time later.

The driver, a 30-year-old man from Urraween in QLD, was arrested by Queensland Police and taken to Southport Police Station, where he was remanded in custody.

NSW police attended Southport Courthouse yesterday where they applied for, and were granted, the man’s extradition to NSW.

He was escorted to Tweed Heads Police Station this morning and charged with assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle, police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court today, where he was refused bail to reappear on Wednesday 24 November.