A Goonellabah man suspected of an armed hold-up led police on a bizarre chase through Lismore yesterday afternoon before pulling up outside Lismore Police Station.
It is still unclear whether the 32-year-old man was attempting to surrender to police or just made a wrong turn after allegedly demanding cash at knifepoint from a shop employee at the IGA Supermarket in Rous Road Goonellabah, and failing to pay for petrol at a Lismore service station just before that.
The man fled the supermarket empty-handed.
Police scrambled shortly after 3.30pm when the suspect was spotted by patrolling officers driving down Rotary Drive towards the CBD.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer, Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe, said police were quick to respond, pursuing the vehicle through Lismore until it stopped outside Lismore Police Station.
‘He drove into one of the parking spots right outside the station which was very nice for us,’ Det Insp Kehoe said.
‘He parked and didn’t attempt to flee but he didn’t have much choice as once he parked police cars pulled in behind him so he couldn’t go anywhere.
‘Fortunately, what could have been a nasty robbery all ended well and that person is currently assisting us with our inquiries.
‘No one was injured in the incidents but obviously it would’ve been distressing for the staff and customers.’
Police arrested the man and searched his vehicle where they found a small amount of cannabis.
He was charged with robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, dishonestly obtaining property by deception, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and possessing a prohibited drug.
He was refused bail and will face Lismore Local Court today.