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Police said this morning a 39-year-old man swam across a river and ran into bushland to avoid arrest on the Northern Rivers last Friday.

Officers from the Tweed/Bryon area reportedly saw the man, wanted for arrest, when they were patrolling Wharf Street on Tweed Heads shortly before seven o’clock in the morning.

They said they tried to arrest him but he threw a bottle at them and ran, before jumping in to the Tweed River and swimming across to Fingal Head.

The man reportedly then fled into bushland.

Later that same day, police said, they found the wanted man at an Altair Street address in Tweed Heads and arrested him after a violent struggle.

They took him to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged him with the outstanding warrant as well as assault and resisting arrest.

He was refused bail is due to face court in the Tweed Heads local court today.


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