Cops catch car thief

A HIGH-speed car chase ended abruptly for a 29-year-old Queensland man when the stolen car he was driving ran out of petrol.

Police Inspector Jim Kain said the Tweed Byron Highway Patrol pursued the Falcon sedan at high speed on the Pacific Highway on Friday.

“It crossed the Queensland border where the pursuit was terminated,” he said.

However, police resumed their chase when the vehicle ran out of petrol shortly after crossing the border.

“After a short foot pursuit by New South Wales police, the driver, a 29-year-old Queensland man, was taken into custody by Coolangatta Police,” Insp Kain said.

The Burleigh Criminal Investigation Branch is investigating.

The man was charged with various offences in Queensland, including failing to appear at court and possession of a prohibited drug and stolen property.

“He was wanted for questioning in relation to six other serious matters, including home invasion,” Insp Kain said.

“The same person was the subject of at least three pursuits where he evaded police.”

The man was refused bail and will appear at Southport Magistrates Court on March 17.



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