Dangerous pursuit in suburban Tamworth streets 

POLICE are hunting a driver who led them on a chase through streets reaching speeds 80km/h over the posted speed limit.

Pursuing officers chased the silver sedan through a number of residential streets in South and West Tamworth late on Tuesday night before they deployed road spikes.

The action sparked social media interest yesterday as locals tried to find out what the sirens were doing.

Oxley highway patrol officers first noticed the vehicle during patrols of Gunnedah Rd about 10.30pm.

The officer tried to pull over the car which was bearing Queensland number plates but the silver Holden Commodore failed to stop and turned into Ridge St before police initiated a pursuit. 

The lights and sirens were activated before a chase commenced through South and West Tamworth.

Police said the driver reached speeds of between 70km/h and 130km/h in a 50km/h zone.

Back-up was brought in and road spikes were deployed but the driver, believed to have two other people in the car during the chase, continued.

The pursuit was eventually terminated for safety reasons after the offender raced through a give-way intersection without stopping.

The silver sedan was recovered a short time after it had been dumped in the Green St brickworks with a flat tyre.

The offenders had fled  the scene but police are investigating.

Anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the chase or witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the brickworks area is urged to contact local police.

Highway patrol Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin said public safety was the constant priority. 

“Safety is paramount, it’s number one,” he said.

“At the end of the day, they are putting themselves at risk of serious injury and/or death – as well as members of the community.”

Senior Sergeant McMenamin warned the penalties for leading police on a chase could far outweigh those which could have eventuated from a routine police stop.

“The pursuits are assessed at all times, not only by police driving the vehicle but also by officers monitoring the pursuit and supervisors,” he said.

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