Glenreagh man caught driving with loaded gun
A GLENREAGH man, who is suspended from driving for the next 28 years, allegedly returned a positive roadside reading for methamphetamine and was found in possession of a loaded firearm when he was stopped by police yesterday.
Coffs/Clarence Police District duty officer Chief Inspector Jo Reid said police were called to Glenreagh after reports a man was acting suspiciously in the area.
At 10.30am Wednesday police attached to the Grafton Highway Patrol stopped a New South Wales registered Ford Courier utility on the Orara Way, Glenreagh.
Police spoke with the driver, a 40-year-old male from Glenreagh, who was unable to provided police with a drivers licence. Further checks revealed that his licence was disqualified until June 2047.
The was also on bail not to occupy the drivers seat of a motor vehicle and not to commit any further offences whilst on bail.
Whilst stopped he was subjected to a roadside drug test which allegedly returned a positive reading to methylamphetamine.
Police conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly uncovered a loaded .22 Lithgow rifle behind the drivers seat and a quantity of ammunition underneath the driver seat. Inquiries revealed that the driver did not hold a current firearms licence and as such is prohibited from possession both the firearm and ammunition. The firearm was also not registered with the appropriate authority.
The driver was arrested and conveyed to the Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he underwent a drug analysis, the results of which are pending, with a view to further charges.
He has since been charged with drive motor vehicle on road during period of disqualification, possess loaded firearm in public place, possess unauthorised firearm and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority and breach of bail.
Bail was refused, and he is to appear before the Coffs harbour Local Court on today.