Vehicles hit by pursued utility thief
By ED SOUTHORN
IT is not every day you go to do the supermarket shopping and find yourself caught up in the middle of a high- speed police pursuit.
Lynne Campbell of West Tweed yesterday had to tell her husband that while she was out shopping a rear tail-light of their Toyota Hi Lux twin-cab was smashed by a crazed thief who was attempting to escape a posse of police cars in downtown Tweed Heads.
Mrs Campbell had just turned out of the Tweed Centro undercover car park and was waiting in Bay Street at the Wharf Street traffic lights.
Suddenly a late-model white utility rammed her car and another vehicle also at the lights.
"I heard the police sirens first and we'd already stopped," Mrs Campbell said.
"Then he (the car thief) came weaving along the road and hit the two of us, but he just kept going and sped through the lights."
Barracuda surf shop employee Lynnell Hewitt said she saw more than 20 police cars in pursuit of the white ute, which sped up Bay Street before veering into back streets.
"I was just inside and I heard all this noise," Ms Hewitt said.
"I couldn't believe it when I saw all the police cars."
The thief had stolen the ute yesterday morning from a Tweed Heads work site, Tweed Heads police said.
Police called off the pursuit because it was too dangerous to continue in heavy traffic around lunchtime.
It was initially suspected the thief had fled across the border, but Queensland police said there was nothing to suggest he had gone to the Gold Coast.
Mrs Campbell praised Tweed police for making such an effort to protect the public from the dangerous speeder, by abandoning their pursuit.