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One of the cars competing in the Border Ranges Car Rally in Kyogle shire. (rallynsw.com.au)
One of the cars competing in the Border Ranges Car Rally in Kyogle shire. (rallynsw.com.au)

A 57-year-old man who allegedly lit a fire across a road and then brandished a machete at race officials at a car rally in the Kyogle Shire area was arrested and charged by police.

The man will appear in Kyogle Local Court next month, charged with being armed with intent, and intimidation.

Police said the charges related to incidents that happened on Saturday (27 August) during the Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally.

One of the rally stages was conducted on the Iron Pot Creek Road and Ghinni Ghi Road areas.

Police will allege that a 57 year old Ghinni Ghi man was seen in the vicinity with a wheel barrow full of newspapers.

He was observed to dump the newspapers on the road and light the papers with a liquid substance.

The fire created a wall of fire over the road so that vehicles could not pass the road.

The victims in this matter (race marshalls attached the event) were driving towards the ‘STOP’ area along Ghinni Ghi Road.

As the victim’s approached the area, they sighted the fire along the road way.

The victim’s stopped their vehicle and commenced to film the fire and relay via radio communications about the fire.

At this time the Ghinni Ghi man walked from a residence towards the motor vehicle.

The Ghinni Ghi man walked directly to the motor vehicle, yelling out words such as, ‘F*****g Queenslanders’ and commenced to walk around the victim’s motor vehicle.

The Ghinni Ghi man walked back to the residence.

A short time later he was seen walking along the fence line of the property with a metre long machete. He was observed to be staring at the victims, which intimidated them.

Police were called and attended the Ghinni Ghi location.

The Ghinni Ghi man was arrested and taken to Casino police station where he was charged with Armed With Intent and Intimidation.

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