Police say a man will face court today charged after allegedly leading police in a pursuit, assaulting a woman known to him with a broken bottle and attempting to run down a police officer with a car yesterday.
Officers from Richmond Police District were patrolling at South Lismore about 2am (Sunday 20 September 2020), when they detected a black utility with the incorrect registration plates.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, and after the driver failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated but terminated a short time later for safety reasons.
About 4am, police attended a property at Bottle Creek to assist a 43-year-old woman who had been located by a farmer.
Officers were told the woman was a passenger in the black ute and shortly after the pursuit, she had a verbal argument with the male driver – who is known to her – before he stopped the car and they got out.
Police will allege in court that the man threatened the woman with a broken glass bottle, causing superficial injuries to her neck, before stealing her purse and abandoning her on the side of the road.
Following inquiries, police located the black ute on Union Street, South Lismore, about 6pm.
Assault on police
As officers approached, a male senior constable opened the driver’s door and the driver allegedly reversed at speed, striking the officer with the door and knocking him a short distance.
The driver then rammed a fully marked police car, causing front-end damage, before another officer was able to remove him from the vehicle and place him under arrest.
The male senior constable suffered minor injuries to both arms and was treated at Lismore Base Hospital. He has since been released from hospital.
The 34-year-old man was taken to Lismore Police Station, where he was charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon, attempt stalk/intimidate intend fear of harm (domestic), police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, exceed speed more than 45km/h, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, drive furiously cause bodily harm, resist officer in execution of duty, custody of knife in public place, two counts of receive property stolen outside NSW, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, two counts of use class A vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, two counts of unlawfully possess number plates, and possess/attempt to, prescribed restricted substance.
He has been refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court later today (Monday 21 September 2020).
Inquiries are continuing.