The offending vehicle overtook a B-double truck to evade Highway Patrol officers
The offending vehicle overtook a B-double truck to evade Highway Patrol officers

Deadly Pacific Hwy pursuit a 'miracle'

COFFS/CLARENCE Police have said it was a miracle a Pacific Highway pursuit didn't end in tragedy.

About 10.30pm Tuesday night police received a driving complaint about a southbound vehicle on the Pacific Highway north of Grafton.

"Police located the vehicle and attempted to stop the driver, however the offending vehicle failed to stop," Sergeant Nick Wiles said.

Police initiated a pursuit.

It's believed the vehicle then overtook a B-double truck in order to evade police before crossing over double lines to the northbound lane near Glenugie and continued travelling south along the wrong side of the Pacific Highway.

"Police terminated the pursuit due to safety reasons while the offending vehicle continued along the wrong side of the road," Sgt. Wiles said.

Coffs Harbour police were alerted to the unfolding event and began to warn other vehicles heading northbound of the approaching hazard.

"The vehicle was sighted by police at Emerald Beach, but still travelling in the northbound lane heading south," Sgt. Wiles said.

"Police continued to warn other vehicles before the offending vehicle was later located, stopped on the Pacific Highway near Shortcut Rd, Rayleigh."

Police arrested the 38-year-old Cessnock man who was then conveyed to Coffs Harbour Hospital for blood and urine testing. The man was charged with Drive Manner Dangerous and Police Pursuit and has been refused bail.

"It's estimated that the man travelled about 70 kilometres on the wrong side of the road," Sgt. Wiles said.

"It's a miracle that there wasn't a serious incident as a result."

He is expected to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today.



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