Wanted man arrested after police pursuit; inquiries into crashes continue at Grafton

A wanted man has been arrested following a police pursuit in the state’s north, which was initiated after another man was hit by a car.

About 3.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 21 April 2021), officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District responded to reports a 35-year-old man had been hit by a car on Duke Street, Grafton.

Police were told the man had been involved in a fight with another man, aged 38, who then got into a Holden Colorado and allegedly drove at the younger man, hitting him.

When officers arrived in the street, the older man fled in the Colorado, and a police pursuit was initiated.

The driver turned onto Prince Street and approached Dobie Street at speed, where the vehicle hit the roundabout, then mounted the curb before rolling and crashing into a tree. The man was then arrested.

Police rendered first aid to both men until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics, who took the men to Coffs Harbour Health Campus – the older man under police guard.

Following his release from hospital, the 38-year-old man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was charged with outstanding warrants; two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV), common assault (DV), knowingly drive vehicle in manner menaces other, and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (domestic).

The Queanbeyan man has been refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Thursday 22 April 2021).

The 35-year-old man remains in hospital undergoing treatment for fractures to his lumbar and ribs.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are continuing, and further charges are expected.

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