Disqualified driver in alleged police pursuit; drugs and firearm located - Grafton

Monday, 26 April 2021 02:39:57 PM

A disqualified driver has been charged with driving, drug and firearm offences following a pursuit at Grafton.

About 1am today (Monday 26 April 2021), officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District were patrolling the South Grafton area when they saw a Holden Calais on the Big River Way allegedly driving in a dangerous manner.

Police attempted to stop the driver; however, it failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued for more than 40km throughout several rural roads before the vehicle left the road and ended in a drain off the Big River Way at Clarenza.

Officers approached the driver – a 37-year-old man – where he allegedly refused to comply with directions.

The man was arrested with the use of a Taser.

Police searched the man and the vehicle, where they allegedly located several Buprenorphine patches and a revolver.

The man was taken to Grafton Base Hospital for mandatory testing before being taken to Grafton Police Station.

He was charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, possess prohibited firearm, possess loaded firearm in public place, acquire pistol without a permit, drive whilst disqualified, and police pursuit.

The man – who was disqualified from driving until 2047 – was refused bail to appear at Grafton Local Court today (Monday 26 April 2021).