Moree police pursuit: Paige Burgess fronts court charged with 11 offences

CHARGED: Paige Burgess fronted Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: File
CHARGED: Paige Burgess fronted Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: File

A WOMAN has pleaded guilty to stealing petrol from a service station before police allege she led them on multiple car chases across the North West.

Paige Burgess, 29, fronted Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday afternoon on 11 charges, after her arrest on Tuesday.

Burgess pleaded guilty to larceny; using a vehicle with an unauthorised number plate; driving with an expired licence; using an unregistered vehicle; and using an uninsured vehicle.

She pleaded not guilty to two police pursuits and aggravated dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm; but is yet to enter pleas to three charges of not keeping left of the dividing line.


Police said Burgess failed to pay for petrol at a service station in Moree about 10:20am on Tuesday.

Police checks revealed the car was reported stolen from an address in Toowoomba in Queensland three months ago and had been involved in numerous fail to pay incidents since.

At about 10:45am on Tuesday, police found the stolen car at Edgeroi and attempted to stop it.

A police pursuit was initiated and called off moments later.

Orana Mid-Western Police District officers later found the car travelling south on the Newell Highway near Coonabarabran.

A second pursuit was initiated, police allege, where road spikes were successfully deployed 12km out of town.

The accused's car continued for a short while until it lost control attempting to manoeuvre around traffic.

Police claim the two occupants, a 29-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, ran from the car into a nearby paddock where they were arrested.

The pair were taken to Coonabarabran Police Station and later transferred to Coonabarabran Hospital for treatment. They have since been released and charged.

The man, who was inside the car, will be issued a future court attendance notice for possessing drugs after a clear resealable bag containing a crystal substance was found at the scene.