Pursuit ends in 2 vehicle collision as police catch drug, grog drivers in operation

TWO people have been arrested following a high speed pursuit in a stolen car spanning 10 kilometres.

Albury officers spotted the Holden Viva travelling southbound on the Hume Highway at 129km/h about 8am on Monday.

The vehicle had been earlier stolen from North Albury.

Police chased the car, which sped up to about 180kmh before crossing the median strip and overtaking several cars.

The vehicle went onto Thurgoona Drive and hit the front of a Hyundai. 

Police terminated the chase to help the female driver and two children aged 11 and 13.

Paramedics attended and treated the trio for shock.

Officers located the Holden in Prune Street about 2.30pm and arrested a man and woman as they tried to flee.

Meanwhile Victorian officers detected 23 drink or drug drivers in the North East during the long weekend.

Senior Sergeant Darren Wittingslow said there had been two serious motorbike crashes during Operation Arid, including a fatal incident at Whitlands on Friday.

A 61-year-old Melbourne man died after crashing into trees off the Mansfield-Whitfield Road.

A rider was also seriously injured in a crash on the Omeo Highway near Mitta on Saturday afternoon.

The NSW man, aged about 30, was airlifted to hospital.

“Those two incidents are tragic but to have nothing else over the long weekend, with the volume of traffic, was very pleasing,” Senior Sergeant Wittingslow said.

While he was happy with the road trauma results, Senior Sergeant Wittingslow said it was disappointing to catch the 23 impaired drivers. 

“It’s disappointing and completely avoidable,” he said. 

“If people don’t know the alcohol message now, something’s terrible wrong, and it’s the same thing for drug drivers. 

“It’s disappointing, but we can say thankfully at least that none of those 23 were involved in road trauma.” 

Officers conducted 4600 roadside breath tests during the operation. 

Senior Sergeant Wittingslow said it was important drivers slowed down to 40km/h as they passed emergency vehicles. 

“On long weekends we’ve got a lot of traffic around and a lot of police out and about,” he said. 

“We just need to remind people of that 40km/h emergency rule.” 

The next major operation will run during Easter.