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A 29-year-old Banora Point man will face Lismore Local Court after allegedly throwing a box cutter at a police officer, driving over double unbroken lines and performing burnouts on the Pacific Highway offramp.

About 2.15pm Sunday (October 21), highway patrol officers noticed a Holden Commodore car being driven at 180km/h south on the Pacific Highway at Yulgun.

Subsequently the Commodore took the West Ballina turn off from the Pacific Highway, allegedly at excessive speed, performing burnouts and overtaking cars over double unbroken lines.

Police found the Commodore abandoned near the intersection of Apsley and Brampton streets at West Ballina.

The driver was picked up by a person driving a silver Mazda that was last seen travelling along Apsley Street.

Officers from Richmond Police District and Traffic and Highway Patrol began searching for the man who was later found in the shed of an Apsley Street property.

A highway patrol officer was allegedly threatened with a box cutter, causing the officer to use pepper spray but to no effect. The officer then drew his firearm. It will be alleged the box cutter was thrown at the officer, and a struggle ensued.

The 29-year-old Banora Point man was charged with using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, assault police, resist arrest, possess prohibited drug, goods in custody and drive whilst disqualified.

He was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court.

 


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