Three police pursuits over the long weekend began after staff were notified of robberies.
Police will allege that at 8pm on Friday night a 24 year old Casino man and a 21 year old Casino woman attended a home known to them at Bray Park. The man was armed with a machete and was swinging it, demanding car keys. He took some car keys and a handbag, then stole the victim’s car.
At 9.30pm the stolen car was sighted at Kyogle Road Kyogle. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit commenced. Spikes were deployed and the vehicle drove on one rim at a dangerous speed. At one stage the car drove through a back yard.
The vehicle broke down at the Kyogle Public School playground. The male, who had been driving, ran from police and forced his way into a unit on Groom Street. Police attended the unit and arrested the man.
The Casino man was charged with Robbery Armed With Offensive Weapon, Take and Drive Conveyance, Police Pursuit 2nd+ Offence, Drive Whilst Disqualified 2nd+ Offence, Aggravated Break & Enter and Steal and Breach Bail. He also had three outstanding warrants that were executed. He was refused bail and will face Lismore Local Court today.
The 21 year old Casino woman was charged with Robbery In Company and Carried In Conveyance. She was granted conditional bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court later this month.
Second pursuit – Casino
A theft at Rosebank was the catalyst for another police pursuit on the weekend.
Police allege that at 5.30pm last Saturday a 27 year old Drake man and a 27 year old Coffs Harbour man went to a property at Rosebank, where they took a dirt bike from a shed and put it on the back of their ute, then drove off.
Police saw the ute at 5.48pm travelling well in excess of the speed limit at Irvington, and a pursuit began.
The pursuit made its way to Casino where the ute overtook vehicles on the road shoulder and drove at speeds well over the speed limit. Police terminated the pursuit.
Other police later saw the ute at West Casino and followed it to Sextonville where it stopped.
Both men were placed under arrest – the Drake man was charged with Break Enter and Steal, Police Pursuit, Drive Manner Dangerous and Exceed Speed Greater than 45km/h. He was refused bail until July.
The Coffs Harbour man was charged with Enter Dwelling With Intent to Steal and Enter Enclosed Lands.
He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Casino Local Court later this month.
Third pursuit – Lismore
Police will allege that at 10.16pm on Monday a car pumped 40 litres into its fuel tank at a Lismore service station and left before paying. Richmond Highway Patrol sighted the vehicle on Ballina Road but it refused to stop. A pursuit began with the vehicle reaching speeds significantly over the speed limit, crossed double unbroken lines and overtook other vehicles on the grass verge.
At Bangalow Road police stopped the vehicle using spikes. A tyre was seen to leave the rim of the vehicle before the vehicle stopped. The car rolled backwards, striking a Highway Patrol Officer’s leg. He was conveyed to hospital for treatment.
Police discovered that there were five people in the car, which was stolen from Queensland.
The driver, a 20 year old Calamvale (QLD) man was charged with Drive Manner Dangerous, Receiving Stolen Property, Unaccompanied Learner and Dishonestly Obtain Property By Deception.
Two juveniles were charged with Carried In Conveyance and Dishonestly Obtained Property By deception. All were bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.
Two other passengers were released pending further investigation. Queensland Police may press additional charges once their NSW matters are finalised.