CAR COPS IT: Police search the stolen car for weapons after the high-speed chase ended in Byron Bay. Picture: RACHEL AFFLICK
CAR COPS IT: Police search the stolen car for weapons after the high-speed chase ended in Byron Bay. Picture: RACHEL AFFLICK

Wild ride ends in Byron arrest

By Brian Bigg

A QUEENSLAND man has been arrested right outside the Byron Bay police station after a wild high-speed chase all the way down the Pacific Highway from the Gold Coast.

Police say the Ford Falcon car was stolen at Goodna train station near Ipswich early yesterday.

When police at Broadbeach spotted the car about 4pm the driver took off down the highway. Queensland police gave up the chase at the border, but officers from Tweed Heads, then Murwillumbah and Byron Bay, took up the pursuit as the driver reached speeds of over 140km/h at times down the highway.

At one stage they considered%using spikes to stop him.

The 85km chase ended when the man turned off at Ewingsdale and headed into Byron Bay.

Two police cars boxed him in and stopped him near the police station. He was arrested.

Officers searched the car for weapons. Charges were expected to be laid last night, but no further details were available.



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