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Naked handstands and dangerous driving at Falls Festival

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A 35-year-old man will appear in court in February after allegedly stealing a truck and driving it through tents and at campers at the Falls Festival near Byron Bay while a 20-year-old Freshwater man is also set for court after performing naked handstands and then escaping from police at the festival.

Police allege that the 35-year-old Junction Hill man was evicted from Falls about at 9pm yesterday after acting aggressively and being intoxicated.

The man has entered the festival again and found an unattended work truck.

Police said he then drove the truck around the camping area at a high speed and in a dangerous manner, striking two tent tarpaulins and driving at a group of pedestrians.

Security stopped the car and detained the man.

He refused to undergo a roadside breath test and was taken to Byron Bay police station.

There he supplied a positive breath sample.

He was charged with Illegal Use of a Conveyance, Mid Range PCA and Refuse to Submit to a Breath Test.

He will appear in Mullumbimby Local Court in February.

In an unrelated incident, a 20-year-old Freshwater man was charged with offensive conduct and escaping lawful custody and will appear in Byron Bay Local Court in March.

Police allege the man was performing naked handstands in the main amphitheatre at the Falls Festival.

Police said there were bout 5,000 people present at this time.

When he was told he was being removed from the festival, the man ran from police and security, and was tackled and handcuffed.

As the man was being lead to the police compound he broke free of police.

Still handcuffed, he jumped under a fence and tried to escape.

Police and security dragged him back from under the fence twice before he was finally restrained and issued with a field court attendance notice.


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