Raft of charges laid after High Risk Offender Team bring down suspect in wild scenes near Port Macquarie

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
A suspect rammed a police car in Kundabung.
A suspect rammed a police car in Kundabung. Credit: Whereis.

The High Risk Offender Team, Dog Squad and Highway Patrol were all engaged in efforts to bring down a suspect with six outstanding warrants in northern NSW.

A man will appear before court today charged over 47 alleged domestic violence, driving and property offences.At about 1.20pm yesterday, the Coffs Harbour Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Team and Northern Region Enforcement Squad – assisted by the Dog Unit, Highway Patrol and Mid North Coast PD – attempted to stop a driver on Old Coast Road, Kundabung, due to the outstanding warrants.

As police approached the car, the driver allegedly drove the Holden Rodeo toward police and nudged the police vehicle before fleeing.

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A pursuit was initiated and continued along Smiths Creek Road where the driver allegedly reversed into police before fleeing again.

The pursuit was terminated a short time later, and following inquiries, the driver was located at a property on Red Hill Road, Cooperabung.

Police will allege that while the driver was at the Cooperabung property, he attempted to steal a second vehicle before fleeing in the Holden Rodeo.

Road spikes were deployed by police on Upper Rollands Plains Road, Rollands Plains, and the vehicle came to a stop a short time later.

The driver allegedly fled the vehicle on foot; however, was arrested in a paddock nearby.

The driver, a 39-year-old Casino man, was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for mandatory testing.

He was later taken to Port Macquarie Police Station where the six outstanding warrants were executed, and he was charged with 47 offences:

  • 22 counts of obtain financial advantage by deception,
  • Four counts of drive motor vehicle during disqualification period,
  • Three counts of police pursuit - not stop - drive dangerously,
  • Two counts of drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous,
  • Two counts of use class A vehicle displaying misleading etc number plate,
  • Two counts of use etc offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention,
  • Two counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception,
  • Two counts of larceny,
  • Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner,
  • Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (motor vehicle),
  • Hinder or resist police officer in the execution of duty,
  • Enter building/land with intent to commit indictable offence,
  • Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (personal),
  • Armed with intent to commit indictable offence,
  • Common assault (DV),
  • Robbery.

He was refused bail to appear before Port Macquarie Local Court today.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

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