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Learner arrested after car chase

A MAN has been charged with a string of driving and stealing offences after allegedly evading a series of police pursuits from Goonellabah to Ballina early yesterday morning.

Lismore police inspector Susie Johnston said a 47-year-old Tweed Heads man had been arrested and charged after the early morning car chase.

House break-in

Insp Johnston said the incident began after the man allegedly broke into a house in Bristol Circuit, Goonellabah at about 5.40am yesterday.

Residents said they heard a window smash and then saw a man in a garage. The man was then spotted driving off in a white Honda CRV.

Police said as they approached the address they were forced to take defensive action to avoid being hit by the stolen car.

One car damaged, other stolen

Another car in the area was allegedly damaged as the man drove off.

Police pursued the vehicle but the chase was called off after just three kilometres for safety reasons.

Police again attempted to intercept the vehicle when it was spotted a short time later being driven along Ballina Rd, Lismore.

Again the chase was abandoned due to safety reasons.

Stealing food and drink

At 6.20am the driver stopped at the Wollongbar General Store where he allegedly stole food and drink.

The man was eventually stopped by police in Ballina after being spotted driving along River St at 6.45am.

Police said the man attempted to again evade capture but came to a halt after driving over a median strip.

The man has been charged with stealing a vehicle, break and enter and entering a police pursuit. He was also charged with being an unaccompanied learner driver.

He is due to appear in Lismore Magistrates Court today.

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