Police chase lands teen prison sentence

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19-YEAR-OLD Kalem Cosgrove will spend at least a year in jail after he sped away from a roadside breath test and led police on a dangerous pursuit up the Pacific Motorway on Sunday, January 15.

Cosgrove appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court and was sentenced to six months for driving an unregistered vehicle without a licence plus another 15 months under Skye’s Law for failing to stop during a police pursuit.

The ABC reported he will be eligible for parole in January 2018.

The incident occurred at about 10.450am on Sunday, January 15, after a Tweed Police pursuit was initiated on a Ford Falcon driven by the 19-year-old and with another 14-year-old passenger,  who failed to stop for a police roadside breath test.

The police said the pursuit was however terminated due to safety concerns.

Police said they later observed the vehicle at Wardell Street and after another failed to stop motion police deployed a road spike system and blew three tyres.

But instead of stopping the man carried on until the car eventually erupted into flames on the Pacific Highway at Wooyung after travelling 45km on three rims.