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Geoffrey Lord will learn his fate next month after pleading guilty to assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest and failing to undergo a drug test at East Lismore.

When Mr Lord was driving along Dalley St at East Lismore on March 8, he was pulled over by police and subjected to a random breath test.

After passing the breath test, police checked on Mr Lord’s criminal history and discovered he had previously been convicted for drug matters.

Once officers learned this, they attempted to make Mr Lord undergo a roadside drug test.

‘I didn’t do it the other day and I’m not doing it now,’ Mr Lord said.

‘No. You can’t make me do it.’

A struggle ensued between Mr Lord and two male senior constables, with both officers receiving multiple kicks as he continued to thrash.

Once he calmed down, officers attempted to get Mr Lord into the police vehicle but he again assaulted both officers, causing actual bodily harm to one man and damaged a police vehicle.

Both senior constables were forced to deploy capscium spray to attempt to subdue Mr Lord during the assault.

He was taken to Lismore police station where he refused to be interviewed and again refused to provide an oral fluid sample for drug testing.

Mr Lord was charged with seven offences including assault police occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police, resist arrest, two counts of refusing to provide an oral fluid sample and destroying or damaging property.

The court previously heard Mr Lord, who claimed he smoked 20 cones a day of cannabis and drank six standard drinks every second day, had been assessed as suitable for the MERIT Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment program.

On Monday, Mr Lord was represented by solicitor Gary Hooper when he appeared in Lismore Local Court.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Lord’s matters until June 26, for sentence.

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