Fugitive Ricky Jerkic is taken into custody by police in Byron Bay last Friday after trying to evade arrest during a wild car chase and foot pursuit.
Fugitive Ricky Jerkic is taken into custody by police in Byron Bay last Friday after trying to evade arrest during a wild car chase and foot pursuit. Dominic Feain

Car chase couple extradited to Qld

TWO offenders who led police on a wild chase through Byron Bay were extradited to the Gold Coast yesterday.

Karina Coleman, 21, and Ricky Jerkic, 23, both appeared in the Lismore Local Court after police caught them in a stolen car in Byron Bay last Friday.

Ms Coleman was wanted by Queensland police for failing to appear at Richlands Local Court, south of Brisbane, on a breach of probation charge this month.

Mr Jerkic also had an arrest warrant for failing to report to the Central and Northern Queensland Regulatory Parole Board.

Both offenders, who police facts classified as “associates”, were wanted for armed robbery, burglary and theft of motor vehicle offences.

Police facts stated the pair had a $500 a day drug habit, no source of income and no home.

Mr Jerkic appeared before the court in a chequered shirt and repeatedly scanned the public gallery while he sat in the dock.

Magistrate Robyn Denes ordered his extradition to the Gold Coast and placed him in the custody of a police officer from the Burleigh Heads Criminal Investigation Branch.

Ms Coleman appeared worn out and kept her arms wrapped protectively around herself in the dock.

She was also extradited to the Gold Coast.

Bail was not applied for and was refused for both of the accused.

The offenders ended their stint on the run on Friday when Tweed-Byron highway patrol officers noticed the car they were in was stolen and connected with an alleged assault that happened nearby.

Police began a pursuit through the town’s main streets.

The stolen car allegedly hit two police cars and two other vehicles when it attempted to escape police in the middle of the holiday hot spot.

Mr Jerkic escaped from the car, leaving his companion behind.

Police chased him to the car park at the Railway Hotel and then into a business in Jonson Street, where he was subdued with capsicum spray and arrested.

Another police officer recognised Ms Coleman in the stolen car as someone wanted for theft offences in NSW and Queensland.

The two offenders were taken to the Byron Bay police station after their arrest.


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