Busted: Cops catch Mercedes driver who fled car crash
POLICE have caught up with the driver of a green Mercedes sedan that slammed into another car at East Banora before speeding away yesterday.
Residents of Laura Street reported seeing the car smash into a Hyundai Excel parked on the side of the road, before zig-zagging up the street erratically and almost hitting another car about 2pm.
A witness jumped in his four wheel drive and pursued the Mercedes before giving up.
The owner of the smashed car Morgan Davis was visiting a friend's house when the incident occurred.
The P-plater stood at the side of the road in tears inspecting her beloved car.
"I'm really worried about my parents and how they will worry about this because this is the second car accident I've been in this year," she said.
"I was in a four car pile up on Kennedy Drive, so hearing that sound of the car being hit again is freaky.
"This is my first car and I was really attached to it emotionally, so this is really intense."
Several neighbours said they knew who was driving the Mercedes.
Tweed Byron LAC Inspector Darren Steel said the driver, a 27-year-old Banora Point man, had "been spoken to and has admitted to being the driver".
Police found the man's license was expired and his car was unregistered.
The 27-year-old was also charged with negligent driving and could be charged with failing to supply particulars after a crash.
Insp Steel said it was likely the driver would be off the road for an extended period of time.