Trio of thieves lead police on action-packed chase.
Trio of thieves lead police on action-packed chase. Trevor Veale

Road spikes end 85km pursuit from Ballina to Tweed Heads

AFTER an 85km police pursuit from Ballina, involving two other men and three stolen vehicles, a 22-year-old Lismore man was finally arrested in Tweed Head South yesterday morning.

Tweed Byron LAC released a statement on their Facebook page about the incident, which began with a ram raid at Ballina Motorcycles, in Kerr St.

About 3.30am a Prada 4WD, thought to be stolen from Mount Tambourine in Queensland, was driven through the front window of the motorbike dealership.

Three men loaded two trail bikes into another ute, which was thought to be stolen from Brisbane.

A quick police response resulted in the two stolen cars being located in nearby Clarence St.

A pursuit began and the cars headed north on the Pacific Hwy before police deployed road spokes at Myocum Rd, Byron Bay, damaging the vehicles and causing them to slow down.

The three men in the cars ran from police, but two men, aged 21 and 28, from Queensland were caught and taken to Byron Bay Police Station.The third man from Lismore escaped and stole a BMW X5 from a nearby address, driving it north towards Tweed Heads.

Police caught up with him at Chinderah though and another chase began, with the Lismore man fleeing to the highway again.

But it seems the effectiveness of road spikes must have already slipped the offenders mind, as police deployed another set of spikes, bringing the BMW to a halt.

After running from police again, the driver was arrested in Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The 21-year-old man from Beenleigh and 28-year-old man from Kinston are in custody at Byron Police Station, while the 22-year-old from Lismore remains at Tweed station.

Police expect all three will be charged with offences relating to the ram raid, the police pursuits and stolen property.

Officers from Tweed Byron and Richmond Local Area Commands, including general duties, dog handlers, highway patrol and detectives, were involved in the operation



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