Police officers and a tow truck driver assisting motorists who were hit during the high-speed chase south of Ballina last week. Photo: Blainey Woodham
Police officers and a tow truck driver assisting motorists who were hit during the high-speed chase south of Ballina last week. Photo: Blainey Woodham Blainey Woodham

High-speed fugitive jailed

ONE MAN has been jailed and two others refused bail for their part in two different high speed police pursuits last week.

The passenger in a pursuit that ended in a crash at Ballina on Tuesday, Benjamin Farnell, 21 of Geebung in Queensland was jailed for a month on the charge of being carried in a conveyance without consent.

The court heard Farnell met the driver of the stolen Ford Falcon, Jarram Power, at work where they were both apprentice painters. It is alleged Power accompanied Craig Uglo, the man charged with the carjacking and stabbing of a chauffer at Sydney airport last Tuesday, to Sydney last Monday after Uglo stole the Falcon from Brisbane.

Uglo allegedly abandoned the Falcon in Sydney when he and Power went their separate ways.

Power then went back to the car and began to drive back to Brisbane when he was contacted by Farnell who was at Coffs Harbour.

The pair then headed north on the Pacific Highway before police spotted them travelling at high speed north of Woodburn and initiated a pursuit.

Appearing via video link from Grafton jail, Farnell, who pleaded guilty to two charges, applied for bail which was refused so he asked magistrate Dennis to finalise his matters.

Farnell was jailed for one month on the charge of being carried in a conveyance without consent and will be eligible for release on June 1.

Power was refused bail and Magistrate R. Denes adjourned his matter until May 21.

The driver of the stolen car that crashed in Wednesday's pursuit at Harwood, Benjamin Croft asked not to appear via video link from Grafton jail and was refused bail.

Ms Denes adjourned his matters until June 18 so he can arrange legal representation.



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