Dog nabs speeding driver

A DISQUALIFIED driver sustained minor injuries after he was nabbed by a police dog following a police pursuit through suburban Goonellabah that reached speeds of up to 100kmh.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Matt Kehoe said police started the pursuit at 8.40pm on Sunday night after two cars were spotted street drag racing along McDermott Ave at Goonellabah.

"A 1999 blue Holden Commodore driven by the 30-year-old was pursued along Phillip St and Oliver Ave at Goonellabah, reaching speeds of 100kmh in a 50kmh zone," he said.

During the chase garbage bins were knocked over and scattered across Oliver Ave, with the Commodore, driven by the 30-year-old from Ballina, sustaining damage to the right side of the vehicle after skidding and colliding with a trailer.

Insp Kehoe said when the driver fled the vehicle on foot the dog unit was released.

"Police arrested the man a short time later in dense scrub behind the Community Centre in Oliver Ave," Insp Kehoe said.

"He was treated for minor injuries at Lismore Base Hospital as a result of being apprehended by the police dog."

A neighbour reported police yelling for the man to "get down" before he was apprehended.

The man was charged with driving while being disqualified and granted bail to appear in Ballina Local court on August 16.

Insp Kehoe said inquiries were continuing in regards to further offences.

"Police are awaiting the results of blood and alcohol testing conducted at Lismore Base Hospital."

Police lost sight of the other vehicle during the pursuit.



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