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Children were at risk in stolen car
May 04, 2012
POLICE say three young children without seat belts were in a stolen car which crashed after an aborted high-speed police chase in northern NSW.
A patrol car began pursuing the vehicle on the Pacific Highway at Woodburn, south of Ballina, on Wednesday afternoon, but dropped back as the chase became dangerous.
Police would not confirm reports the car hit speeds of 200km/h during the chase.
The car crashed a short time later as the 21-year-old driver tried to negotiate roadworks.
The three children, as well as a female passenger, were taken to hospital, but their injuries were not serious.
The driver, from Queensland, has been charged with car theft and other offences.
A police spokesman said he was likely to face court in Queensland, from where the car was allegedly stolen.
Detective Inspector Greg Moore said it was sickening that young children had been placed in such extreme danger.
It was the second high-speed chase on that stretch of highway this week.
Police on Tuesday arrested two Brisbane men, aged 20 and 21, after chasing their stolen car from Woodburn to Ballina. The pair fled into the bush after crashing the vehicle but were arrested a short time later.