Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command have charged a woman after she drove 5km on the wrong side of the Pacific Highway on the Far North Coast overnight.
Highway Patrol police were patrolling the town of Billinudgel, near Brunswick Heads, about 8.30pm when they saw a white Ford Falcon station wagon turn left onto the highway, travelling south in the northbound lanes.
The officers activated lights and sirens and followed the woman, trying for 5km to attract her attention to stop.
Numerous vehicles travelling in the opposite direction were forced to take evasive action as the woman reached speeds of up to 100kmh.
The woman finally stopped a few minutes later and she was arrested. She provided a positive breath test at the scene and was taken to Brunswick Heads Police Station where she returned a BAS reading of 0.060.
The woman, from Craignish in Queensland, has been charged with a low-range PCA offence as well as dangerous driving. She is due to appear in Mullumbimby Local Court on 14 October.
Police expressed dismay at the incident.
“This was a high-risk incident where the driver compromised not only her own safety but that of her two passengers and all the other motorists travelling north,” Acting Inspector Doug Connors said.
“Two teenaged girls were passengers in the car at the time of the incident.
“This incident has dismayed the officers involved.
“The driver was stopped only a few kilometres from the scene where three men were killed in a crash on Thursday.”