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The  car that left a trail of destruction in Mullumbimby on October 26, 2015,  where it came to rest in McGougans Lane. Photo Vince Devine
The car that left a trail of destruction in Mullumbimby on October 26, 2015, where it came to rest in McGoughans Lane. Photo Vince Devine

A 53-year-old man is undergoing mental health assessments after crashing his car through fences and brick walls in the centre of Mullumbimby around 5am today (Monday, October 26).

The vehicle exited through the rear fence (there is an uprooted palm tree suspended above the damage. (supplied)
The vehicle exited through the rear fence (there is an uprooted palm tree suspended above the damage. (supplied)

Inspector Greg Jago of Tweed/Byron Local Area Command said the driver was apprehended by police in Station Street after leaving his crashed car near the rear of the IGA building.

Witnesses report the driver had driven his car at high speed through the carpark at back of John Robinson Accountants, through the fence into The Other Joint cafe’s back yard, becoming airborne, pushing down an interior wall and a heavy table, and then crashing out through the opposite fence.

He then allegedly drove across the carpark at the back of the Art Piece Gallery and NAB bank, smashed down a brick wall at the end of that carpark and stopped just at the rear of IGA under the Echo building’s window.

Inspector Jago dismissed reports that police were chasing the vehicle at the time.

The vehicle exited through the rear fence (there is an uprooted palm tree suspended above the damage. (supplied)
The vehicle exited through the rear fence (there is an uprooted palm tree suspended above the damage. (supplied)

‘Police responded to reports of him running into fences and walls and as a result he was detained and conveyed to Tweed hospital,’ Inspector Jago said.

The car knocked down a wooden fence (foreground), negotiated a stone wall, pushed over a heavy wooden table before exiting through a colourbond fence (background) (supplied)
The car knocked down a wooden fence (foreground), negotiated a stone wall, pushed over a heavy wooden table before exiting through a colourbond fence (background) (supplied)

Inspector Jago said it was believed the man was attempting self-harm, and was conveyed to hospital for mental health assessments.

‘The results of those assessments will determine whether any charges are laid,’ Inspector Jago said.

 

 


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