Man nabbed after 30 sec pursuit
TWEED police arrested a Queensland man after a short pursuit on Dry Dock Rd in Tweed Heads Thursday morning.
Tweed crime manager Detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said the pursuit had only occurred because the driver was so heavily affected by drugs he couldn't control the car.
The 30-year-old Yamanto man was found in possession of a knife and drugs when he was arrested.
The man struggled with police before he was finally restrained.
He was charged with a number of driving offences, drug offences and property offences and is also wanted in Queensland on three outstanding warrants.
He was due to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.
The incident is just one of three police pursuits in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command in the last month.
The spate comes as the NSW government prepares to introduce legislation that could see vehicles involved in high-speed chases impounded.
Currently, drivers in high-speed chases are subject to driver sanctions such as fines, good behaviour bonds and license disqualification.
The new legislation would see police able to enforce sanctions on the vehicle used in the pursuit as well, either through number plate confiscation or vehicles being impounded.
Previously, vehicle sanctions only applied to hooning offences such as street racing and burn-outs.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest has openly supported the new legislation.
He believes it presents a more immediate consequence as the loss of the vehicle would occur at the roadside whereas fines and prison sentences are often delayed in the court process and may seem like a remote possibility.
"Common sense tells us that if we reduce their access to a vehicle we reduce their ability to re-offend," Mr Provest said.
"The stupidity of some road users is deplorable, they put the community at risk.
"We must do everything in our power to support the police in their endeavours to present this type of behaviour."