A suspected car thief in Australia has been busted after mistakenly texting the police officers chasing him instead of his co-accused.
Mitchell Bright and another man dumped the stolen Ford Mondeo in the small town of Weston, New South Wales. after a police pursuit that reached speeds of up to 140km/h in a 60km/h zone on Thursday night.
Police gave chase to the car driven by Bright after it failed to stop for a random breath test but abandoned the pursuit because of the risk to public safety.
Lcoals saw Bright, 23, and his co-accused run from the car in different directions moments before police arrived.
Inside the car police found the co-accused's mobile, wallet and ID cards.
As they began searching for the men with a police dog, officers received calls and text messages to the recovered phone from "Brighty".
He asked where the co-accused was and if he got the "gear" from the car.
The police dog led officers across a railway line into bushland where a glass crack smoking pipe, cannabis, amphetamines and ecstacy were found.
Police said Bright fled over fences and was picked up by a friend and continued to text the co-accused, this time revealing where he was.
Police found Bright inside a car.
His phone was checked and messages sent by him were the same received by the recovered phone.
- FFX Aus