Cleared man on lesser charges

A MAN cleared this week by a jury of the attempted murder of a police officer in Coffs Harbour last year will be sentenced on lesser charges next Thursday.

Garry Robert Lacey will reappear before Judge Norrish where he will be sentenced for using a weapon to avoid arrest, two counts of resisting arrest and driving in a manner dangerous.

Earlier this week, Lacey was on trial accused of knocking down highway patrol officer Adam Williams in his car before doing a U-turn and driving at him again in Vincent Street on the morning of July 28, 2008.

Senior Constable Williams told the court he was thrown in the air and landed heavily on the roadway.

He was then forced to run for safety as Lacey mounted the gutter in his vehicle and crashed into a brick wall. Yesterday the crown prosecution and defence put forward their respective sentencing submissions.



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