UPDATE 2PM: THE man who lives behind the fence a speeding car crashed into says he can't believe the driver escaped unscathed.

Police have said the driver "sped off at considerable speed" after a patrol car tried following it late on Saturday night. The police car did not pursue, but moments later the car, a silver Holden Commodore, lost control between the Goonellabah BP and the Media Centre.

The car left the road and shredded itself on a tree before coming to rest behind Bob Barnes' brick fence.

"I can's believe ... the chap that was in the car got out alive - or even unscathed," Mr Barnes said.

"He's done a runner, the car is smashed to smithereens, it was almost completely unrecognisable and I just cannot understand how he could possibly got out alive."

The wreck of a car that crashed at Ballina Road, Goonellabah, on Saturday night. Miraculously, the driver not only survived but then successfully evaded police officers and the dog squad.
The wreck of a car that crashed at Ballina Road, Goonellabah, on Saturday night. Miraculously, the driver not only survived but then successfully evaded police officers and the dog squad.

INITIAL REPORT: A DRIVER who fled police and then crashed a Goonellabah is lucky to be alive, police have said.

However, Inspector Nicole Bruce said the driver not only survived a crash that virtually left the silver Commodore he or she was driving ripped in half, the driver then managed to escape the scene and the dog squad on foot.

Insp Bruce said the crash happened after a patrol car spotted the Commodore late on Saturday and tried to follow it.

"It sped off at a considerable speed and was lost," Insp Bruce said.

A short time later, police began receiving reports of a car crash on Ballina Road and found the wreckage of the Commodore - but no sign of the driver.

"It was very lucky that the driver survived," she said.

"The dog squad vehicle was on the scene pretty quickly and we attempted to locate the driver but, unfortunately, we have not been able to find that driver as yet."

Police were appealing for anyone with information about the car, which had registration plates BC V5 3X, or the driver to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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