Police save the day stopping runaway stolen vehicle
COFFS Harbour police foiled the suspicious activities of a gang of young men, who crashed a stolen vehicle into a parked car while trying to evade officers.
Police said a silver Hyundai Elantra, reported stolen from York St, was spotted driving without its head-lights on in Brunswick Ave on Sunday around 11.30pm.
It is understood police had been called to investigate reports of suspicious activity in the area.
Police said the officers tried to advise the driver that their headlights were off.
It's alleged the sedan then veered to the left and crashed into another car parked on the roadside.
As police approached, it is alleged the male behind the wheel tried to drive from the scene.
It was noted there were four males inside the vehicle.
Police said officers tried to force entry, as the persons of interest jumped from the car while the vehicle was still moving.
Gaining entry to the runaway car, police applied the park brake stopping it from rolling any further.
Police said the men ran south on Brunswick Ave through unit complexes.
The four males were all described as being 15 to 20 years of age and of tanned complexion.
The driver had red/brown curly hair in a bowl cut, approximately 3-4cm in length.
Inquiries revealed the car was allegedly stolen from York St earlier that night.
Police found a knife and other property in the car that may have been stolen.
"We seized the vehicle and a number of items have now been forensically examined in a view to identifying the persons in the car," Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.
"This shows how vigilant and proactive police can make an impact on deterring, or in this case stopping, crime or criminal activities.
"We would like any witnesses who may have seen these persons in or around Brunswick Ave on Sunday night or Monday morning to call the Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799."