Police lead the arrested man away to a waiting paddy wagon.
Police lead the arrested man away to a waiting paddy wagon. Frank Redward

Coordinated police operation leads to arrest near Big Banana

A COORDINATED operation involving police from several districts led to the arrest of a man in Coffs Harbour on Friday night.

Officers from Grafton and Coffs Harbour, assisted by general duties police based in Dorrigo, conducted the arrest around 7.15pm after a vehicle stop on the Pacific Highway opposite the Big Banana.

It's believed the man had been investigated over alleged drug offences the previous day and was later observed driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee by plain clothes detectives patrolling in an unmarked vehicle.

The Jeep drew attention through a missing number plate.

The detectives followed the man south from Halfway Creek with the suspect vehicle alleged to have reached speeds up to 130km/h.

While in transit the detectives organised the interception with their Coffs Harbour contacts and the operation was carried out near the Diggers Beach intersection with no risk to the public.

The driver was arrested and charged with driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and speeding offences.

The man is undergoing questioning at Coffs Harbour Police Station and is believed to be assisting with investigations into drug and weapon matters.

Members of the public who can assist are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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