Driver hits 160kmh in police chase

A DRIVER swerved around a stinger trap set up by police after he had reportedly exceeded 160kmh during a chase north of Rockhampton yesterday.

The driver was still at large last night after police said he was seen around 8.30 heading north from the outskirts of Mackay.

Police again were unable to intercept him.

The chase started after the driver left a service station without paying for petrol some time before 3pm at Gladstone

Police tried to stop the driver in Gladstone, but he sped off.

Rockhampton police district duty officer Senior Sergeant Carl Burgoyne said police tried to intercept the car in Rockhampton.

Four police cars became involved in the chase on the northern outskirts of Rockhampton around 3.45pm.

During the high-speed pursuit the driver of the black Ford Territory was seen crossing double lines to overtake three cars north of Parkhurst.

The driver reportedly exceeded 160kmh near The Caves, however, Senior Sergeant Burgoyne said he had been officially clocked by an unmarked police car at 140kmh.

Police stopped traffic near the Yaamba Hotel to deploy stingers (a device laid across a road by police to puncture the tyres of escaping vehicles), but the driver swerved to miss them, along with a police car, and nearly clipped a rail.



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