Trevor Veale

Tweed Heads carjacking ends with man's arrest in Ewingsdale

TWEED Heads was the scene of a violent carjacking this morning culminating in a police chase, crash, and arrest of a 35-year-old man.

Tweed-Byron police Inspector Mick Dempsey said the incident began about 8.30am when the offender allegedly approached a female in Brett St Tweed Heads and demanded the keys to her vehicle.

The woman refused and attempted to kick the man, who ran away.

A short time later the man was seen the Kennedy Drive boat ramp where he approached a 69-year-old man who was seated in his white Toyota Camry Altise, and allegedly dragged him out of his car. 

"The offender drove from the carpark west on Kennedy Drive," Inspector Dempsey said.

"Highway patrol has then observed the vehicle travelling south on the Pacific Highway at Clothiers Creek.

The police attempted to stop the Camry however the driver refused and a pursuit ensued, but was called off after five minutes due to deteriorating weather conditions and the offender driving dangerously.

"About 10 minutes later the vehicle was observed still southbound just north of Ewingsdale Rd where it's collided with the rear of another vehicle," Inspector Dempsey said.

"The offender ran from the vehicle into a nearby carpark. Police located him and subsequently arrested him and he was taken to Byron Bay Police Station.

The Murwillumbah area resident was charged with several robbery offences, assault, stealing a motor vehicle, and traffic related offences.

He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow.



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