A car set on fire at the Pacific Highway following a police chase.
A car set on fire at the Pacific Highway following a police chase.

Teenager faces court over pursuit that ended in fireball

UPDATE Monday 4pm: A 19-year-old man has faced court today following a pursuit near Ballina yesterday.

About 10.50am on Sunday, January 15, a pursuit was initiated after a Ford Falcon allegedly failed to stop for a roadside breath test. It was terminated due to safety concerns.

A short time later, police observed the vehicle at Wardell and commenced another pursuit after the vehicle allegedly failed to stop.

About 1.15pm road spikes were deployed and the car eventually stopped on the Pacific Highway at Crabbes Creek, after travelling on one tyre and three rims for 45km.

Officers from Traffic & Highway Patrol Command arrested a 19-year-old man at the scene.

The man who was refused bail, appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court today charged with police pursuit not stopping (Skye's Law) (x2), driving an unregistered/uninsured vehicle (x2) and having goods in custody (x2).



INITIAL Jan 15 8PM: TWO people have been arrested following a police chase between Grafton and Crabbes Creek on Sunday.

About 10.50am a Ford Falcon allegedly failed to stop for a roadside breath test at Grafton.

A pursuit commenced however was terminated due to safety concerns.

About 12.30pm, police observed the vehicle at Wardell and attempted to stop it.

When it failed to stop, another pursuit commenced.

The pursuit ended about 1.15pm, when the car stopped on the Pacific Highway at Crabbes Creek, after road spikes were deployed twice and the car travelled on one tyre and three rims for about 45 kilometres.

A car set on fire following a police pursuit.
A car set on fire following a police pursuit.

The driver, a 20-year-old man and his passenger, a 14-year-old girl were arrested at the scene.

They were taken to Byron Bay Police Station where they are assisting police with their inquiries.

A short time after the pursuit ended, the car caught alight.

The highway has now been cleared of debris.



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