Man busted after texting police his location

Last updated 13:29 29/10/2012

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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.

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- FFX Aus

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