Senior Constable Stewart (left) and Senior Constable Ramsey from the Richmond Local area command were involved in a high-speed pursuit on the Bruxner Highway in Casino, on Saturday.
Senior Constable Stewart (left) and Senior Constable Ramsey from the Richmond Local area command were involved in a high-speed pursuit on the Bruxner Highway in Casino, on Saturday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Three arrested after road chase

A HIGH-speed police chase between Casino and Lismore at the weekend resulted in speeds of 170km/h being reached before three young men were arrested.

Police expect to lay charges under Skye's Law, in which an offender may face a jail term of three years, or five years for repeat offences.

The vehicle came to the attention of police due to erratic driving about 12.25am Saturday and a pursuit along the Bruxner Highway began shortly after.

Cans of alcohol were hurled at the Casino highway patrol car through the sunroof of the 1994 white Ford Fairlane as it attempted to evade police.

Senior constables Michael Stewart and Nathan Ramsey, who were in control of the police car, described how they avoided being hit by three cans of rum.

"It's a matter of giving it some distance so the can bounces and misses the vehicle," Snr Const Stewart said.

"He stopped throwing them once they got some speed up. I think he started to worry."

Road spikes were used to try to stop the sedan as it neared Lismore, south of the Caniaba turn off.

However, the vehicle avoided the tyre shredder before a west-bound car not involved in the pursuit drove through the device ripping open its tyres.

The pursuit continued through the outskirts of Lismore but was abandoned when the vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of the road at Union St, South Lismore.

Duty officer Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe commended the decision to call off the pursuit due to concerns for public safety.

"Due to the manner of the driving, they were concerned for the safety of residents," Det Insp Kehoe said.

"The decision was quiet proper in the circumstances."

Police lost sight of the vehicle as it crossed the Wilsons River on the Bruxner Hwy.

It is understood, the vehicle continued down Molesworth Street, crossing the Wilsons River again at Woodlark St.

The car was found after it was abandoned behind the Italo Club, in Barrow Lane. Police dogs were used to track the scent of the offenders from the car to a location a considerable distance away before the scent was eventually lost.

Police continued their search and apprehended three males aged 17, 19 and 20.

The 17-year-old who admitted to being a passenger in the car, but said he did not know who was driving, was charged with breaching bail conditions, under which he was supposed to be at his Bonalbo home between 6pm and 6am each night. He appeared in Lismore bail court yesterday.

Skye's Law was introduced by the NSW State Government in 2010 in order to impose heavy penalties for those who instigate police pursuits.

The law was named in honour of 19-month-old Skye Sassine who died in 2009 when a stolen vehicle which had led police on a high-speed chase smashed into the car in which the baby was a passenger.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen the pursuit or the car in the hours before in the Casino or Woodenbong area to come forward.

Police can be contacted at Lismore on 6626 0599 or by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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