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Police chasing a man driving over the speed limit near Urbenville have charged him with driving an unregistered vehicle, being over the blood alcohol limit, driving while disqualified and being in possession of a shortened firearm.

About 8.45pm yesterday on Friday (July 18), police went to a home in Urbenville, where a domestic disturbance had been reported.

When officers arrived, they allege they saw an unregistered Subaru utility driving off at high speed toward Tooloom.

They sighted the vehicle a short time later on a forestry trail, before it turned onto Tooloom Road.

Police allege after they initiated a pursuit the utility unsuccessfully attempted to ram the locked gate of a rural property.

The 49-year-old male driver was arrested after a short struggle with police.

He was then subjected to a roadside breath test, which proved positive.

When officers searched the vehicle, they seized a shortened rifle and a round of ammunition.

The man was arrested and taken to Woodenbong Police Station, where a breath analysis returned a reading of 0.136. Checks revealed the man was disqualified from driving until 2021.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with eight offences and subsequently faced Lismore Local Court on Saturday.


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