Men charged after 50km chase
AN 18-year-old man could face jail time after being charged in relation to a police pursuit from Byron Bay to Tweed Heads on Monday afternoon.
Jye Potts from Miami on the Gold Coast was refused bail in Tweed Heads Local Court today after being charged with a string of offences.
Reports state police patrolling the Pacific Hwy at Byron Bay on Monday afternoon attempted to stop a Holden Commodore station wagon as it had allegedly been stolen from a motel in Byron Bay that same day.
The car accelerated away beginning a police chase that would cover more than 50km.
Police pursued the vehicle along the Pacific Hwy and through a number of streets in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South.
The car eventually stopped in Dry Dock Rd where police were preparing to deploy road spikes.
Potts, the driver, was arrested and charged with three counts of steal motor vehicle, break and enter with intent, police pursuit - drive manner dangerous - not stop (better known as Skyes Law), drive manner dangerous, low range PCA, assault and unlicensed driver.
He has pleaded guilty to all offences except for the assault charge.
Magistrate Dakin refused bail in court today.
He said Potts would likely face a custodial sentence.
"He has no real ties to this community and there is a risk of further offending," Magistrate Dakin said.
Potts will next appear in court via audiovisual link on May 27.
An 18-year-old Tweed Heads man who was a passenger in the car was charged with demand money with menaces, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of steal motor vehicle and stealing.
He was conditionally bailed to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on May 14.
A 16-year-old Tweed Heads girl was released pending further inquiries.