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Teenage girl charged, as policeman struck by car airlifted

Investigations continue at Emerald Beach where a police officer was seriously injured on Saturday.
Investigations continue at Emerald Beach where a police officer was seriously injured on Saturday. Frank Redward

A CRITICAL incident investigation has been launched after a police officer was injured during an operation yesterday.

Around 1.30pm Saturday, police attempted to stop a Holden Commodore travelling north on the Pacific Highway near Emerald Beach, north of Coffs Harbour. 

Road spikes were deployed near Solitary Islands Way and successfully stopped the Holden.

Two teenage girls allegedly ran into property off Solitary Islands Way before being arrested by police a short time later.

During the operation, a 41-year-old police officer sustained a number of injuries after being struck by a police vehicle.

He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition and was airlifted to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.

A Critical Incident Team will now investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the actions of police.

The investigation will be conducted by Richmond Local Area Command.

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with four offences in relation to the incident, specifically:

- Drive motor vehicle while licence suspended

- Use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road

- Drive uninsured vehicle

- Police pursuit - not stop - drive recklessly - (Skye's Law)

She has been refused bail to appear in a children's court today, Sunday.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Topics:  coffs clarence lac, richmond lac



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