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Man allegedly carjacks motorist to drive across border

A NEW South Wales man drove a stolen car through Queensland's closed border, carjacked a motorist and forced them to drive back across state lines, police allege.

New South Wales police further allege the man led officers on several pursuits, mowed down a pedestrian and rammed a cop car.

It's alleged the man entered a unit on Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads, and allegedly stole a Mitsubishi Lancer just before 5pm Saturday.

Two hours later it is alleged the man broke into two units on Gray Street, Tweed Heads, but left empty-handed.

Officers from the Tweed-Byron Police District were called and saw the vehicle allegedly drive through a red light at the intersection of Gray Street and Kennedy Drive.

 

"When the driver allegedly failed to stop, police initiated a pursuit of the vehicle travelling at speeds of up to 100 km/h along Kennedy Drive," NSW police said in a statement.

"After the car was driven through a Queensland Police border-controlled roadblock at Kirra at high speed, the pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns."

A police roadblock on the old Pacific Highway at Coolangatta. Photo: Scott Powick Newscorp.
A police roadblock on the old Pacific Highway at Coolangatta. Photo: Scott Powick Newscorp.

Police said the man allegedly struck a bystander in the driveway of a home on Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads about 10pm, before again leaving the scene, ramming a police vehicle.

The injured person was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with a fractured cheek and lacerations to his hip.

Police allege the stolen vehicle was found at Currumbin Beach where the man allegedly carjacked a motorist and forced them to take him to Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads.

A 22-year-old man was taken into custody at home in Tweed Heads West just after 11.30pm.

He has been charged with 10 offences including:

• Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm - drive manner dangerous

• Aggravated break and enter with intent (three counts)

• Police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously (two counts)

• Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous

• Use weapon to avoid apprehension

• Drive while unlicensed, and

• Take and drive conveyance.

He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on Sunday where he was refused bail.

The matter will return to court on May 25.

Originally published as Man allegedly carjacks motorist to drive across border