A man and a woman will appear before court after allegedly ramming a police car on New Year’s Day.
On Friday 20 December 2019, police received reports that a grey Mazda 6 sedan was stolen from a business in Lismore.
On Wednesday 1 January 2020, it is alleged the driver of the vehicle failed to pay for fuel at a Brunswick Heads petrol station before being involved in two separate police pursuits near Grafton.
The second pursuit was terminated after a police car was allegedly rammed, causing it to come to rest.
About 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday 2 January 2020), officers attached to Northern Borders Highway Patrol Command identified the Mazda driving along Bangalow Road, Lismore.
A pursuit was initiated but terminated shortly after due to safety concerns.
Soon after, the vehicle was spotted a short distance away and a second pursuit was initiated.
As the car was pursued down Convery’s Lane it has left the road and hit a tree. The two occupants exited the vehicle and ran from the scene.
The pair were pursued on foot by officers attached to Richmond Police Area Command assisted by the dog unit.
A perimeter was established and following a search over several hours, a 30-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were located at Cowlong Road, McLeans Ridge.
The woman, alleged to be the passenger, was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station. She was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.
She was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court tomorrow (Saturday 4 January 2020).
The man allegedly attempted to avoid arrest before being apprehended by a police dog. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, a quantity of cannabis, tablets, ammunition and a number of items believed to be stolen were seized
The man was charged with ten offences when he was released from hospital including dishonestly obtain property by deception, four counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen (not motor vehicle), possess prohibited drug and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.
He was also refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court tomorrow (Saturday 4 January 2020).