UPDATE: THE driver responsible for wrapping his car around a tree at high speed off Ballina Rd in Goonellabah on Saturday night has handed himself into police.

The 28-year-old East Ballina man turned himself in at the Lismore Police Station at about 9.30am this morning.

Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Nicole Bruce said the man was interviewed at the police station and admitted to the crash and running from the scene.

After the police interview, he was released and will be served with a field court attendance notice for the offence of drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous.

"This is a prime example of what will happen if you speed," Insp. Bruce said.

"It was extremely dangerous and we are very lucky that no one else was injured and he wasn't seriously injured."
 

UPDATE: POLICE officers from the Richmond Local Area Command are today following up a lead about the driver of a silver Commodore who sped away from police in Goonellabah, crashed a car into a tree and fled the scene.

The lead follows information that was reported to police from a member of the public yesterday afternoon.

Police say they expect to know more by this afternoon.

 

INITIAL REPORT: THE hunt is on for a P-plate driver who sped away from police, crashed into a tree, split the car in two, and fled the scene on foot, managing to evade police sniffer dogs.

The car was wrapped around a tree just one metre from Bob Barnes' brick fence on Ballina Rd near Sunrise Cres in Goonellabah.

"I was in bed, almost asleep, and I heard this terrific crash out the front and I immediately knew that there had been a serious accident," he said.

"My wife was downstairs at the time and she was the first out there.

"The car was wrecked so badly that she was reluctant to go near it and on further investigation we found that the car was smashed to smithereens but there was no one inside it.

"Had there have been someone in the passenger seat, they would have died.

RUNAWAY DRIVER: The remains of a car that hit a tree on Ballina Rd on Saturday night. The driver fled the scene.
RUNAWAY DRIVER: The remains of a car that hit a tree on Ballina Rd on Saturday night. The driver fled the scene.

"From what we can gather he was a P-plater because we picked up a green P-plate."

Mr Barnes said when the driver lost control around the corner the car wiped out a guide post and small tree before being split almost in two around an 8m high golden penda tree he had planted 25 years ago.

Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Nicole Bruce said the driver was seen doing an estimated 120km/h on Ballina Rd before the crash.

She said police spotted the silver commodore speeding on Ballina Rd, Goonellabah at about 9.45pm on Saturday night.

Insp Bruce said officers attempted to follow the car, however it took off at considerable speed and was lost.

She said a short time later police received reports there had been an accident.

"Upon attendance they found the car had crashed and there was considerable damage to the car," she said.

"It was very very lucky that the driver survived.

"A dog squad vehicle was on scene pretty quickly and we attempted to locate the driver, however we unfortunately haven't been able to find that driver as yet."

Insp Bruce said police were seeking assistance from the public to help track down the driver.

"At this stage police only have a vehicle description which is a silver commodore registration BCV-53X," she said.

"They could possibly have quite serious injuries."



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