Tweed Heads Police. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Tweed Heads Police. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Police chopper catches runaway driver in bushes

HIDING in the bushes was not enough to stop a 17-year-old facing charges of stealing a car then driving recklessly along a major highway.

The 17-year-old man from Loganlea was watched by the police helicopter after authorities took a call at 8.30am claiming a driver was behaving erratically on the Pacific Motorway near Mudgeeraba.

When officers arrived, police say the teenager fled.

Watched from the sky, police soon rolled out a strip of tyre spikes.

The car could go no further but the teen was not ready to give himself up, according to police.

He disappeared into nearby bushes -- still under watch from the chopper above.

He is now to face Southport Magistrates Court on four charges including driving dangerously, illegally using a car, not stopping for police and driving unlicensed.



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