Pair charged over M1 pursuit that brought traffic to a standstill

TWO men have been charged after crashing an alleged stolen car during a cross-border chase on the Pacific Motorway yesterday, causing kilometers of traffic gridlock.

It’s understood the pair were attempting to avoid a tyre deflation device deployed by police during the pursuit, when the vehicle lost control and crashed into barriers at Tweed Heads.

One of the men, aged 27, allegedly became aggressive towards police when they tried to arrest him, forcing officers to use capsicum spray.


He was eventually taken into custody, with police locating a knife and a quantity of pills believed to be prescription painkillers stashed on the man.

He has since been charged with resist officer in execution of duty, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension, and possess prohibited drug.

A 21-year-old man was also arrested following the pursuit. He’s been charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, never licensed person drive on road, use uninsured motor vehicle and use unregistered vehicle.

A third person, a female passenger, was removed from the car and is assisting Queensland police with inquiries.

During a search of the vehicle officers also allegedly located ammunition, with investigations ongoing.