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‘Reckless’ driver refused bail after two police pursuits

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A disqualified driver arrested after two alleged police pursuits at Tabbimoble and Woodburn in December 2016 must enter a plea to six charges at his next court appearance.

Richmond Local Area Command highway patrol spotted David Michael Bell at 12.50 am on December 31, driving at high speed, northbound on the Pacific Highway at Tabbimoble.

Police initiated a pursuit, which was eventually terminated, after it is alleged Mr Bell refused to stop and continued to drive recklessly, at high speed, in a dangerous manner.

When Mr Bell approached Woodburn, police were ready to intercept Mr Bell and when he again allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated.

Driving a Queensland registered vehicle, it is alleged Mr Bell again drove recklessly, at high speed and in a dangerous manner along Wyrallah Road, The Bruxner Highway and Wardell Rd until he was apprehended.

The 38 year-old was charged with two counts of police pursuit – not stop, two counts of driving recklessly, furiously in a manner dangerous, two counts of driving while suspended, and refused bail.

Court documents showed the Director of Public Prosecutions had reviewed the case but elected not to pursue prosecuting the charges, leaving the matters in the hands of the police.

Mr Bell appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday via videolink from prison and represented himself.

Magistrate David Heilpern told Mr Bell the court had received a letter from solicitor Andrew Owens.

‘He is seeking an adjournment for three weeks to review the material and have a conference with you,’ Mr Heilpern told Mr Bell.

Mr Heilpern adjourned Mr Bell’s matters until May 29, when he must enter a plea.

As he did not apply for bail, Mr Bell is to appear via videolink on the next occasion.


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