Highway Patrol vehicle, sedan destroyed by fire after pursuit south of Tweed Heads

Three men are in custody after a pursuit near Tweed Heads this afternoon which has ended with two cars being destroyed by fire.

The incident began with officers from Tweed/Byron Police District pursuing a sedan north along the M1 Pacific Motorway about 1.55pm (Thursday 22 August 2019).

Traffic & Highway Patrol officers deployed road spikes at Duranbah Tunnel near Chinderah and the sedan’s tyres were deflated; however, when the sedan and a Highway Patrol car stopped on the shoulder, the grass caught fire destroying both vehicles.

Three men were removed from their car and checked at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

One police officer has been taken to Tweed Heads Hospital to be checked as a precaution for smoke inhalation.

The M1 was closed when the fire spread to surrounding bushland. It has now been extinguished and the motorway opened.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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