Muddied and malicious

TWO men have been charged by police over separate acts of malicious damage in Coffs Harbour in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A local man was arrested by officers on the banks of Coffs Creek and a visitor will face court after he allegedly kicked a passing taxi cab.

Police said officers were called to the Coffs Hotel at 1.45am on Saturday after reports a man who was removed from the pub was causing trouble.

It’s alleged the 24-year-old head butted a glass panel after he was asked to leave the premises by hotel security.

The incident was captured on closed circuit security vision and police were given a description of the man after he fled the scene.

Patrolling officers spotted the man a short distance away and became involved in a foot pursuit.

Police said the man ended up in the mud on the creek bed where he was arrested and taken to the Coffs Harbour Police Station.

Refusing to answer questions and becoming aggravated at officers, he was charged with malicious damage.

In the other incident, a 29-year-old Liverpool man allegedly damaged a passing taxi, after it failed to stop and pick him up.

Police said the incident happened on Harbour Drive near the intersection of North Street about 2.30am.

The taxi driver said the man tried to flag him down but because he already had a fare he did not stop.

Vision captured by the taxi’s security camera, showed the man kicking the panel of the car as it passed and causing a large dent.

Officers arrived on scene and arrested him.

Police said when questioned the man said he kicked the car because the driver tried to run him down.

He was also charged with malicious damage.

Both men will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on March 7.

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