Man arrested over alleged home invasion after taxi pursuit

IN DRAMATIC scenes today police used road spikes to end a pursuit involving a taxi, in which a wanted man was a passenger, north of Coffs Harbour.

This morning around 7am, police said a 36-year-old man, wanted over an alleged home invasion at Corindi Beach on Thursday night, allegedly got into a taxi on Shearer Dr, Woolgoolga. 

Police allege that he threatened the taxi driver and demanded that he continue to drive from the location and not stop. 

Officers were notified and engaged in a pursuit with the taxi before road spikes were deployed on the Pacific Highway at Moonee Beach.

Police said a 36-year-old man was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

The taxi driver wasn't injured during the incident.

The pursuit followed a serious incident at Corindi Beach, which remains under investigation. 

On Thursday night around 11pm police will allege the same man entered a home on Pacific St.

The man allegedly produced two knives and threatened a 38-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman.

"An altercation occurred between the males, before the 36-year-old male fled the premises," Detective Acting Inspector Aaron Van Schaik said. 

"The 36-year-old was known to the occupants of the house. 

"Police allege he fled the scene in a silver Subaru station wagon.

Acting Detective Inspector Aaron Van Schaik.
Acting Detective Inspector Aaron Van Schaik.

"About an hour later at midnight officers from Coffs Clarence Police District were patrolling Solitary Islands Way, Corindi Beach when they located that silver Subaru station wagon.

"A pursuit was initiated, which continued south to Shearer Drive, Woolgoolga, where the driver - believed to be the 36-year-old man - fled from the vehicle on foot."

He said two passengers, a man and a woman, inside the vehicle were arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where they were questioned and later released.

Police conducted inquiries to locate the outstanding man, but were unsuccessful, until this morning's incident involving the taxi. 

The man is this afternoon facing serious charges in relation to the armed home invasion and two police pursuits. 

Police are also investigating a possible link between this crime spree and an aggravated break and enter that happened in Lyster St Coffs Harbour on Thursday night around 9.30pm.  

A 38-year-old woman told police the crime was committed by two males and female.

Police said that line of inquiry was continuing and a link to the man in custody is yet to be confirmed. 

"Very effective policing has occurred in relation to this investigation," Detective Inspt. Van Schaik said. 

"The pursuit involving the taxi was very quickly resolved. We were concerned about the behaviour of that 36-year-old and we are happy it was resolved without anyone being injured." 



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