A man has been extradited to NSW from Queensland after allegedly ramming a police car after being pulled over in Tweed Heads over the weekend.
At around 4.30pm on Sunday, an officer attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped a white Toyota Hilux on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow.
The male Senior Constable spoke with the male driver and was told the heavily-pregnant passenger was having contractions.
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While the officer was calling an ambulance, the driver got back into the Hilux and reversed harshly, crashing into the front of the Highway Patrol car, before driving off in a northerly direction.
The Senior Constable was not injured.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command conducted extensive patrols, but the vehicle was not located.
Police were later called to Hayters Hill Nature Reserve, where they located the burnt-out Toyota Hilux.
Following further inquiries, detectives were told a nearby house had been broken into and a number of items stolen, including a blue Suzuki van. The van was later found burnt out just north of the Queensland border.
Police from the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command liaised with their counterparts in the Queensland Police Service and earlier today (Wednesday 16 September 2015) officers in Queensland located a 25-year-old man at a motel in Coomera.
He was taken to Southport Police Station, where he was interviewed by Byron Bay detectives.
The man was subsequently extradited to NSW, where he was charged with numerous offences – including larceny, motor vehicle theft, property damage and dangerous driving – at Byron Bay Police Station.
Refused bail, he is scheduled to appear before Byron Bay Local Court on Thursday.