UPDATE | Man charged after pointing ‘gun’ at motorists on M1

UPDATE October 17, 6.00am | A man has been charged after allegedly terrifying M1 motorists with a gun in Tugun yesterday afternoon.

Around 1.00pm, police were notified that a motorist was spotted pointing a firearm at a female driver near the Tugun bypass.

It will be alleged witnesses saw the man pointing the firearm out of the window of the vehicle at times as well.


Police launched a major manhunt for the alleged gunman, who was then tracked down at the Sleepy Hollow rest stop.

Officers conducted a vehicle search, where they allegedly uncovered a ‘gel blaster’ and three boxes of prohibited firearms in the boot.

The male passenger – a 30-year-old man from Casino – was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station.

He was charged with four counts of possessing an unregistered, prohibited firearm and using and unregistered, prohibited firearm.

He’s on strict conditional bail before he fronts court in Byron Bay on Monday November 11.

EARLIER October 16, 5.00pm | A MAN has been arrested after allegedly threatening motorists with what first appeared to be a gun on the Pacific Motorway this afternoon.

The terrifying scenes unfolded in Tugun around 1.00pm on Wednesday, when police received reports a man had allegedly pointed a “long barelled firearm at a female driver on the Tugun bypass”.

Officers launched a major manhunt for the alleged gunman, who was later found at a rest stop at Sleepy Hollow in northern NSW.

“Police patrolling the M1 at Sleepy Hollow allegedly found the man in a car in possession of a prohibited gel blaster,” a NSW police spokesperson told myGC.

It’s understood a sword and machete were also allegedly found inside the vehicle.

The man was arrested at the scene.

He’s since been taken to the Byron Bay Police Station, where he’s assisting police.