Two charged after South Tweed pursuit

TWO men who led police on a foot chase through Tweed Heads West on Tuesday have been charged, but a third managed to escape.

Tweed/Byron police Crime Manager Inspector Greg Carey said police were patrolling the Casuarina area on Tweed Coast Road at 12.40pm Tuesday targeting offenders for stealing offences and came across a Toyota van.

He said the highway patrol followed the van to the Pacific Highway at Tweed Heads South, and as the vehicle approached the Kennedy Drive off-ramp, the highway patrol activated its warning devices, the van pulled over on the Kennedy Drive exit ramp, two males jumped from the vehicle and ran into nearby bushland.

Police pursued the men and caught two, but the third got away.

The 32-year-old driver of the van was charged with having stolen goods in his custody and released on bail, but Dean Christopher Hoger, 18, was held in custody overnight and refused bail at Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday.

Duty solicitor Cameron Bell did not lodge a request for bail as Hoger had four warrants out for his arrest dating back to 2005.

He remains in custody and will appear via video link for his next mention at Tweed Heads Local Court on August 8.

Hoger faces 11 charges spread across four years including theft, break-and-enter, larceny, shoplifting, being conveyed in a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, assaulting police and reckless damage.

The third man, also 18, was still on the loose yesterday after escaping in the Blue Water Crescent area.

Insp Carey said police had been targeting at least two of the males for a few weeks in relation to numerous car theft, theft and break-and-enter offences in Queensland and New South Wales.

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