Man arrested in Ballina after police pursuit

A 30-year-old man will appear in Lismore court today after allegedly failing to stop for police in Ballina.

Ballina Highway Patrol officers received a report of a red Holden Rodeo utility allegedly driving in a dangerous manner along Chinderah Bay Drive at Chinderah just before 6pm on Saturday.

They spotted the utility an hour later travelling north along River Street in Ballina but the utility failed to stop when police began a pursuit.

Police followed the Holden along Horizon Road and then onto an unsealed section of road before it crashed and the driver ran off into a swamp with three to four metre high reeds.

Officers chased after the driver who then allegedly resisted arrest and attempted to remove an officer’s firearm from his holster.

The man was arrested and placed into custody when three other officers arrived to assist.

The 30-year-old man was initially taken to Ballina Hospital and then to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with 13 offences.

They included drive manner dangerous, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, assault police, resist officer, having a knife and failing to stop.

The man was refused bail to appear before Lismore Local Court today, 4 January 2016.

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