Three teens charged over cross border pursuit in Ballina

NSW Police have charged three teenagers after a pursuit from Queensland eventually stopped at Ballina overnight.

Shortly after 11pm yesterday today, NSW Police were advised by their colleagues in Queensland POLAIR that a stolen vehicle they were monitoring was approaching the border, NSW Police say.

Several vehicles were positioned to stop the Holden Captiva however it was estimated to be travelling south at 180km/h in the 100km/h zone and due to safety concerns the pursuit was not continued.

Police monitored the vehicle and near Ewingsdale Road at Byron Bay the pursuit was re-engaged.

Other officers were able to deploy a tyre deflation device which punctured the Holden’s front offside tyre.

When the vehicle crossed to the wrong side of the Pacific Highway at low speed the pursuit was again terminated.

The vehicle eventually stopped on Tamarind Drive at Ballina where three occupants left the vehicle and hid in bushland.

After a lengthy search of the area a 15-year-old male and two females aged 16 and 18 were arrested with the assistance of Polair and a dog squad unit.

They were conveyed to Ballina Police Station where the boy was later charged with police pursuit – not stop drive dangerously, drive manner dangerous, drive conveyance without consent of owner, driver never licensed and receive property stolen outside NSW. Both females were charged with being carried in conveyance.

All were refused bail with the juveniles to appear at a Children’s Court and the woman to appear at Ballina Bail Court today.

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