GOOD SAMARITAN GIVES LIFT TO COP AND HIS PUP DURING POLICE PURSUIT

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A good Samaritan has helped officers arrest two people during a police pursuit on the state’s Mid North Coast yesterday.

Just before 9am, a Ford Festiva was spotted allegedly speeding while heading south on the Pacific Highway at Columbatti.

The allegedly stolen vehicle continued to head south, reaching speeds in excess of 180km/hr.

Police laid road-spikes near the Kundabung rest area, but the offending vehicle 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 lost sight of the vehicle due to the boggy conditions of the track.

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

It was located further up the track, bogged and abandonned. The police dog then started to track the driver and found a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, in the middle of a swamp.

The pair were arrested and charged with a string of offences, both were refused bail to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court today.