Good Samaritan Helps Police in Arrest Following High Speed Pursuit

Offenders caught in a swamp


19 July 2018

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A good Samaritan has played an integral part in the arrest of two people during a police pursuit on Wednesday.

About 8.50am, a blue Ford Festiva was detected allegedly speeding while heading south on the Pacific Highway, at Columbatti.

Highway Patrol officers from the Mid North Coast attempted to pull the vehicle over, however, it failed to comply and a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle, allegedly stolen in Queensland on 15 July 2018, continued heading south on the Pacific Highway, reaching speeds in excess of 180kph.

Police laid road-spikes near the Kundabung rest area, however, the offending vehicle then did a U-turn and started heading north. The vehicle allegedly smashed through a farm gate on Mingaletta Road where it continued along a dirt track before smashing through another two gates.

Police then lost sight of the vehicle due to the boggy conditions of the track.

A man, driving a 4WD saw the police vehicle bogged and stopped to assist. The Highway Patrol officer, a NSW Police Dog handler and his Police Dog, all jumped into the 4WD and continued along the track looking for the stolen vehicle.

The vehicle was located further up the track bogged and abandoned. The Police Dog started to track the driver and located a man aged 19, and a woman aged 20, in the middle of a swamp.

The pair were arrested and taken to Kempsey Police Station where a number of charges were laid.

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