Box cutter thrown at highway patrol officer brings charges for Banora Point man, NSW

A Banora Point man will face Lismore Local Court today after a box cutter was thrown at a police officer and a car was detected driving over double unbroken lines and performing burnouts, NSW Police say.

About 2.15pm yesterday (Sunday 21 October 2018), a Holden Commodore came to notice of highway patrol officers because of the manner in which it was being driven south on the Pacific Highway at Yulgun.

The Commodore was detected travelling at 180km/h and came under further police notice when it took the West Ballina turn off from the Pacific Highway, and allegedly performing excessive speed, burnouts and overtaking cars over double unbroken lines.

Police found the Commodore was abandoned near the intersection do Apsley and Brampton streets at West Ballina.

The Commodore’s driver was picked up by a person driving a silver Mazda that was last seen travelling along Apsley Street.

Officers from Richmond Police District and Traffic and Highway Patrol began searching for the man who was later found in the shed of an Apsley Street property.

A highway patrol officer was allegedly threatened with a box cutter, causing the officer to use OC but to no effect. The officer then drew his firearm. It will be alleged the box cutter was thrown at the officer, and a struggle ensued.

The 29-year-old Banora Point man was charged with use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, assault police, resist arrest, possess prohibited drug, goods in custody and drive whilst disqualified.

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.

Regional Traffic and Highway Patrol Acting Superintendent Rob Toynton said Northern Borders Highway Patrol would keep working with Richmond Police District to take unsafe drivers off the road and place them before the courts.

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