Woman jailed after car chase

A WOMAN arrested after road spikes were used to stop a stolen car involved in a pursuit at Byron Bay on Sunday has been jailed, while the disqualified driver was refused bail and remains behind bars.

About 1am on Sunday Tweed Byron Highway Patrol officers were conducting stationary speed enforcement duties on the Pacific Motorway at Cudgera Creek, when they detected a silver Ford Falcon sedan allegedly travelling south at 150km/h.

When officers tried to stop the Victorian registered 2010 Ford, it allegedly accelerated away and a pursuit commenced.

During the pursuit police allege the Ford reached speeds of 190km/h.

Road spikes were successfully deployed near the Byron Bay off ramp, after police initially spiked the wrong vehicle.

When the Ford finally pulled over near the Byron Bay Sports Complex on Ewingsdale Rd, police arrested the 19-year-old male driver and two female passengers aged 31 and 43.

A search of the trio by police allegedly located prohibited drugs in their underwear including cannabis, amphetamines and prescription pills.

Checks on the Falcon by police revealed it had been allegedly stolen from Surfers Paradise.

The driver, Adam Rushby, was charged with Skyes Law, exceed speed by more than 45km/h, disqualified driver, two counts of possess prohibited drug, possess knife in a public place and possessing property stolen outside of NSW.

The 31-year-old female passenger, Samantha Wright, was charged with possess prohibited drug and be carried in a stolen car.

The 43-year-old passenger, Jodie Vella, was charged with three counts of possess prohibited drug and being carried in a stolen car.

All three were refused bail when they appeared at Lismore Local Court yesterday before Magistrate Jeff Linden.

After electing to have her matters finalised, Wright was sentenced to one month in jail.

Vella was granted conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court in August, while Rushby was refused bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court later this month.



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