Police runner comes to a spiky end, with no bail

POLICE were forced to deploy road spikes to stop a car that led officers on three pursuits at up to 170kmh at Uralba, Coolgardie and Lismore on Sunday.

The red Honda Civic driven by wanted 38-year-old Queensland man George Bonnici first came to the attention of police after it was pulled over for speeding on the Pacific Hwy.

It is alleged Bonnici told officers he didn't have his licence with him before driving off.

Inspector Mick Dempsey said police allege the first pursuit of the Honda occurred on the Pacific Hwy at Uralba at 2.43pm.

"The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and the pursuit was then terminated," he said.

Insp Dempsey said a short time later police found Bonnici in the Honda on Coolgardie Rd, Coolgardie and a pursuit commenced.

"The pursuit turned onto the Pacific Hwy north toward Uralba and was terminated due to excessive speed."

Then at about 2.57pm, Insp Dempsey said the Honda was seen by police on Ballina Rd at Goonellabah.

"The vehicle took off and was then sighted again at about 3.34pm in Cooling St at Lismore. The car, which was parked at the time, reversed away from the police vehicle and it was pursued into Donnans Rd."

Insp Dempsey said road spikes, which were successfully deployed in Donnans Rd, punctured the Honda's tyres.

"The vehicle was driven a short distance into Brunswick St where it stopped."

Bonnici appeared at Lismore Local Court yesterday where he was refused bail to reappear next month.



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