Manhunt for driver who crashed into police car
UPDATE 11.50am: POLICE have issued a statement regarding the officer injured in a police pursuit yesterday.
NSW Police said the police officer was injured following pursuits spanning two police districts on the state's Far North Coast yesterday.
In the early hours yesterday, a Subaru Liberty - bearing Queensland registration plates - was allegedly stolen from a Cabarita Beach address.
Then about 1.30pm, officers attached to Tweed/Byron Target Action Group noticed the vehicle driving erratically on Byangum Road, Murwillumbah.
A pursuit was initiated with the vehicle allegedly travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h.
The vehicle was abandoned and the male driver fled on foot.
A short time later, a white Hyundai i20 was allegedly stolen from a home at Bray Park.
Police located the vehicle and a second pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit continued out of the Murwillumbah area, with the vehicle allegedly travelling at speeds of up to 150km/h.
The vehicle drove onto Commissioners Creek Road, Commissioners Creek, when the driver did a U-turn and hit a highway patrol vehicle.
The male driver fled the scene on foot.
A male senior constable was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to minor soft tissue damage; he has since been released.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District extensively searched nearby bushland, with assistance from the Police Dog Unit and Queensland PolAir; however, were unable to locate the man.
Inquiries are continuing.
Original story: A POLICE operation involving PolAir and the Police Dog Unit is currently underway for a man alleged to have crashed a stolen car into a Highway Patrol vehicle injuring a Casino senior constable.
A police spokeswoman said the operation is concentrated around the area of Commisioners Creek, Doon Doon, south of Murwillumbah.
"About 1pm on Tuesday, officers from Tweed/Byron Police District observed an alleged stolen light-coloured Subaru Liberty on Kyogle Road, Bray Park driving erratically and activated their warning lights," she said.
"A pursuit was initiated before the vehicle was abandoned and the driver fled on foot."
The spokeswoman said a short time later, police observed an alleged stolen white Hyundai i20 in Bray Park and initiated a pursuit.
"The pursuit continued out of the Murwillumbah area and along Commissioner's Creek Rd, Doon Doon, before the Hyundai and the highway patrol vehicle collided," she said.
"The driver fled the scene on foot and a male senior constable was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment."
She said as of Wednesday morning, the senior constable has since been discharged.
"Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have established a perimeter, with assistance from the Police Dog Unit and PolAir," she said.
"They searched on Tuesday until 5pm and will be actively looking for this person today, so anyone with any information is urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 and inquiries are continuing."