A man has been arrested in Tweed Heads overnight, after trying to escape police by jumping into the Tweed River.
Emergency services were called to a caravan park on Dry Dock Road around 7pm last night, following reports of a drunk man.
As police from the Tweed Heads/Byron district approached the man, he allegedly ran into the water at Tweed Heads South and began swimming away from the shore.
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Concern rapidly grew for the intoxicated man’s welfare, so police called for backup from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Marine Rescue NSW.
Despite desperate attempts, they were initially unable to locate the man.
PolAir was then also called to join the search, and they found the 26 year old man nearby on Boyds Island.
Police were then taken to the island by Marine Rescue NSW volunteers to arrest the man.
He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with a warrant for domestic violence matters.
He’s due to face Tween Heads Local Court today.