Nimbin driver remains behind bars after pursuits

A disqualified learner driver from Nimbin who was detected to be mid-range drink driving after three pursuits where he allegedly drove his car at three police officers remains behind bars.

When police noticed a Queensland registered Mitsubishi mirage allegedly driving recklessly, at high speed, at Tuncester on March 15, a pursuit was initiated and the driver, Uiil Jansen failed to stop.

Ten minutes later, it is alleged when police caught up to Mr Jansen at South Lismore, he drove in a dangerous manner through the Station Hotel drive through bottle shop and onto Union Street.

Mr Jansen was next spotted almost 40 minutes later and police initiated another pursuit on Koonorigan Rd, where it is alleged he drove the Mitsubishi at two senior constables and a constable with the intent to prevent apprehension.

The 31 year-old was eventually arrested taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail due to ‘his extensive criminal history and the seriousness of the charges’.

He was charged with three counts of not stopping during a police pursuit, mid-range drink driving, driving while disqualified, driving in a dangerous manner, using an offensive weapon to prevent apprehension and threatening injury to a person with the intent to prevent detention.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Jansen did not appear via videolink from jail but was represented by his solicitor Hugh Van-Dugteren.

The court heard Mr Jansen had matters listed before Kyogle Local Court, which Mr Van Dugteren requested be transferred to Lismore.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Jansen’s matters until April 24, to meet up with his Kyogle matters.

Mr Jansen, who will appear in court via videolink from prison, is required to enter a plea on that occasion.

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