Man charged after hitting police officer with his car

A man has been charged after leading police on a pursuit before allegedly striking an officer with his car on the north coast on Friday.

According to police, officers were performing RBT on Lyons Road, Boambee East, when they stopped a Hyundai Excel.

When the driver was asked to produce his driver’s licence he drove away from police at high speed and a pursuit commenced.


The pursuit continued for about 30 minutes.

During the pursuit a highway patrol officer attempted to deploy road spikes on Moonee Beach Road, Moonee Beach, at which point the man allegedly deliberately drove towards her.

The female officer had to take evasive action to avoid being hit by the car, however the driver’s side mirror of the vehicle struck the officer’s arm, causing minor injury.

The pursuit ended when the man drove into a dead end on Tiki Street, Moonee Beach and the 28-year-old male driver was arrested.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with police pursuit, exceed speed by over 45km/h, drive manner dangerous, use weapon to avoid apprehension, and dishonestly obtain property by deception for allegedly failing to pay for petrol.

He was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court.