Woman in 170km/h police pursuit

A WOMAN in a black BMW tore along the Pacific Highway at more than 170km/h and kept going despite hitting two sets of police road spikes during a dizzying chase yesterday.

The 35-year-old, believed to be from Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, was eventually arrested after she ditched her car and was seen trying hitch-hike south.

The Coffs Harbour highway patrol officer who gave chase, Senior Constable Paul Thorn, said he was disgusted with the woman’s driving, especially with increased traffic during the Easter long weekend.

“She put lives at risk. There were a lot of cars on the road,” Const. Thorn told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

The woman, who was Sydney-bound, first came to police attention for traffic matters at Grafton on Sunday.

She continued south yesterday morning and Coffs Harbour police were warned to be on the lookout after complaints about her driving skills.

Const. Thorn said he clocked the woman allegedly travelling at 150km/h in a 100km/h zone on the highway at Boambee and fined her for speeding and suspended her licence.

She was escorted to the McDonald’s South service centre so she wouldn’t be left by the side of the highway, Const. Thorn added.

But minutes later at 11.40am, Const. Thorn then said he saw the woman tearing south at 135km/h at the same spot where he first stopped her.

He tried to pull her over and initiated a pursuit when she refused to stop.

She was chased down the Pacific Highway and through Urunga to Valla where Mid North Coast highway patrol police set up road spikes.

Northbound traffic was stopped at Nambucca Heads during this phase of the operation.

But the woman kept hurtling south and another set of spikes was deployed, this time near Nambucca Heads, but these didn’t stop her either.

Const. Thorn kept chasing the woman to 1km north of the Macksville Bridge where he terminated the pursuit when she crossed to the wrong side of the road.

“It was getting too dangerous,” he said.

Police lost sight of the woman but the car was soon spotted abandoned off the highway south of Macksville near an industrial estate.

Officers then found her hitch-hiking on the highway and arrested her about 12.30pm.

She was taken to Kempsey Hospital for blood and urine tests and then to Kempsey Police Station, where she was to be charged late yesterday under pursuit legislation.

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