Two children, aged three and five, have been caught up in a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle. A man and woman were charged yesterday after the car later crashed.
Police allege two children were inside a stolen BMW officers chased to Forster, which was first sighted speeding on the Pacific Highway on Tuesday morning.
Police called off the chase but were able to apprehend the driver, who was unlicensed, when the car later crashed into a tree.
A child at risk notification was submitted to Family and Community Services following the incident.
Police officers from the Manning and Great Lakes Police District saw a stolen BMW X1 travelling south on the Pacific Highway at Ghinni Ghinni, allegedly in excess of the speed limit, at about 7am on Tuesday.
Officers attempted to stop the BMW; however, it did not stop and a pursuit began.
Police withdrew from the chase in Forster for safety reasons.
A short time later, the BMW was again seen by police travelling south on the Pacific Highway. Officers monitored the BMW and as it entered Nerong, it crashed into trees off Sandflat fire trail.
Officers established a perimeter around the area and the vehicle’s passenger, a 25-year-old woman, and two children, aged three and five, were found on an adjoining road.
The driver was pursued on foot into nearby bushland and was arrested near Nerong Creek, with the assistance of Polair and the Dog Unit.
The man, woman, and children were all taken to Forster Police Station.
The man, from Queensland, was charged with motor vehicle exceed speed more than 45 kilometres per hour, two counts of police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, never licensed person drive vehicle on road, two counts of drive with child not restrained as prescribed, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, and receive property stolen outside NSW.
He was refused bail to appear at Forster Local Court tomorrow on Wednesday.
The woman, also from Queensland, was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.
She was granted conditional bail to appear at Forster Local Court on December 19.