Bizarre police 'chase'

A WOMAN who led police on a low-speed “chase” across the Sunshine Coast on Saturday will face court on a string of charges today.

The 29-year-old from Maroochydore allegedly wound her way from Peachester to Coolum, up to Noosaville and back to Maroochydore at speeds as slow as 40kmh, with police in an unmarked car close behind.

It is believed they were unwilling to intercept her or alert her to their presence because of fears about how she would react.

It was also unclear whether she was aware of their presence during the two-hour, 100km “chase”.

A police spokesman said the drama began in Peachester at 12.30pm when the woman returned a positive drug test and was suspended from driving for 24 hours.

Officers then reported seeing her behind the wheel of a late-model sedan in Beerwah at 4.45pm but claim she drove away when they approached her.

That sparked what was probably one of the most bizarre police “chases” the Coast has seen.

Under strict instructions not to pursue or intercept the woman’s car, police crews followed her north and then along the Yandina-Coolum Rd and into Coolum at speeds of between 40kmh and 70kmh.

A left turn on to the David Low Way saw her heading north though Peregian and into Noosaville – always staying below the speed limit.

Police in marked patrol cars were ordered to stay well clear while an unmarked car followed the woman, keeping several vehicles between them and her as other motorists unwittingly joined the drama.

At Noosaville, the woman did a U-turn and retraced her steps.

Police lost her at one point, only to spot her later heading towards Maroochydore.

It was then she was followed into a dead-end street where police convinced her to leave the vehicle and arrested her about 7pm.

The police spokesman said no people were injured or property damaged during the incident.

The woman will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with obstructing police, two counts of evading police, one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected, dangerous driving, possession of a dangerous drug and driving while suspended.

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