Man dies in police pursuit on highway

A LIFE was lost when a young driver got behind the wheel of an unregistered motor vehicle on Sunday at 12.35am.

The driver and his three passengers were travelling north between Deep Water and Tenterfield when they failed to stop for a random breath-testing unit.

The unit was operating as part of the New England Area Command's drink-driving strategy for the Deep Water horse races, held at the weekend.

New England Area Command duty officer Insp George McGilvray said the car was chased by police from the random breath-testing unit, before a highway patrol car took over the pursuit, which lasted for 5km.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a narrow section of poor quality road near Bolivia Hill and hit a rock wall, Insp McGilvray said.

“It was not a high-speed chase,” he said.

A young male passenger was killed instantly when his body was thrown from the vehicle.

The accident was attended by ambulance officers, the SES, police rescue, CareFlight from the Gold Coast and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Westpac helicopter crew chief Roger Fry, who was not on the flight, said a doctor was on board each helicopter.

Mr Fry said a man received emergency treatment at the scene. He suffered chest, head and suspected spinal injuries and was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital. The driver, who was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital, was interviewed by New England detectives yesterday.



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