Police charge driver after crash in stolen vehicle at Tweed Heads

Police have charged a man after allegedly leaving the scene of a high-speed crash on the M1 Motorway near Tweed Heads yesterday.

About 3.00am (Friday 30 April 2021), a set of keys to a blue Mercedes AMG wagon were allegedly stolen from inside a house in Kingscliff while the owners were asleep.

About an hour later, the stolen vehicle was involved in a crash with a Toyota Corolla near the Gold Coast Airport tunnel on the M1 Motorway near Tugun.

The crash caused the driver – a 21-year-old man – to suffer head and whiplash injuries.

It is alleged that the driver and two other occupants in the Mercedes wagon fled the area on foot, failing to stop and render assistance to the driver of the Corolla.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District attended and commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Following inquiries, officers arrested an 18-year-old man at a house in Tweed Heads South about 2.00pm yesterday.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with 16 traffic and property related offences and an outstanding warrant.

The man was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today (Saturday 1 May 2021).

As investigations continue in relation to the crash near Tugun, investigators are appealing to anyone who might have seen the blue Mercedes AMG wagon being driven on the M1, or has dash cam footage, to contact police.

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. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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