A Goonellabah man has been charged with three counts of graffiti after tagging police cars and police property on Sunday morning.
Police allege the tagging happened after highway patrol officers pulled a vehicle over around 1.45 am and took the female driver to the Lismore base hospital for drug testing.
Whilst she was being tested, police allege her passenger tagged the police car with white texta.
The police then conveyed the driver to the Lismore police station where the accused tagged another vehicle and a police sign.
The next morning around 8.30 police officers went to the man’s address where he was offered an interview before being charged.
Police said fines for graffiti could be as high as $2000 and the courts could require the guilty person to undertake community service work, enforce demerit points, suspend a license, ask the accused to pay for the cost of repairing the damage, or in extreme cases send the guilty person to a prison or children’s detention centre.
Tagging has been a problem in Lismore for some time.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has said tagging and vandalism in the Lismore area was both expensive to remove and frustrating.
‘It is very frustrating for our community, businesses and Council that there are a few thoughtless people who do such mindless damage to both private and public property,’ Cr Dowell said.