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A man wanted over a domestic incident has been arrested after he attempted to flee police by jumping into the Tweed River at Tweed Heads South and swimming from shore.

Officers were called to a caravan park on Dry Dock Road about 7pm Monday (March 4) following reports of an intoxicated man.

As officers from Tweed/Byron Police District approached the man he allegedly ran into the water and started swimming away from shore.

Due to his level of intoxication and concerns for his welfare, officers called for assistance from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Marine Rescue NSW but were unable to locate the man.

PolAir joined the search and located the 26-year-old man on nearby Boyds Island. Marine Rescue NSW volunteers returned to shore and collected police who made their way to the island to arrest the man.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with a warrant for domestic violence matters.

He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday March 5.


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