TWEED POLICE were taken on two wild goose chases on Friday, September 29, with one driver attempting to evade police by climbing up a tree.
Police said the first pursuit was at 11.22pm after they detected a stolen vehicle travelling on the M1 at Chinderah.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver failed to stop and police pursued.
The vehicle turned off the M1 and drove down a dirt road through cane fields before turning onto Tweed Valley Way.
The vehicle has then turned into a private road crashing into a set of steel gates.
Police said the vehicle didn’t stop there and was seen driving through a number of dish drains before coming to a stop.
“The two occupants ran from the vehicle and a police dog team from Tweed Heads attended and commenced to track the offenders,” police said in a media statement.
“A male was located some time later up a tree. He was arrested and conveyed to Tweed Heads Police Station. Inquiries are continuing to locate the second offender.”
The second pursuit was at 1.48am when a vehicle was detected travelling south on the M1 in a southerly direction.
Police again signaled the vehicle to pull over but the driver allegedly ignored this and continued driving over grass median strips and doing u-turns and driving on the incorrect side of the motorway to avoid police.
“The driver and his passenger then ran from the vehicle after they had left it in the middle of the motorway,” police said.
Officers removed the vehicle and commenced to search for the two people, again using the police dog team at the scene and located the pair who had allegedly fled.
“The male driver has been charged with police pursuit and failure to stop, driving in a dangerous manner, driving unlicensed, receiving stolen property outside the state and goods in custody,” police said.
He was bail refused to appear at Tweed Heads Bail Court at a later date.