Driver sprayed after police car hit

POLICE were forced to take evasive action when a routine road stop turned ugly at Sandy Beach.

The dramatic events unfolded about 10.45pm on Sunday and ended in the use of capsicum spray to apprehend the errant driver.

Woolgoolga police officers were patrolling Sandy Beach Drive when they noticed a man sitting in a grey Audi in a car park.

They became suspicious after speaking to him and would later discover he had allegedly given them a false name.

He was initially allowed to leave but they spotted him a short distance away and pulled him over.

The officers again tried to question him but he put his car into gear and tried to drive off, police allege.

Police moved quickly to attempt to remove his keys from the ignition but they had to jump out of the way when he accelerated.

The Audi then struck the police four-wheel-drive and the driver was stuck fast but he tried to reverse away to escape arrest, police allege.

The officers sprayed him with capsicum spray to subdue him and take him into custody.

They also discovered his front number plate had different registration to the rear one.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was interviewed and subsequently charged with a string of offences including driving while unlicensed, stealing a motor vehicle from interstate and failing to pay for fuel at Woolgoolga’s United Service Station.

The Tasmanian 19-year-old was refused bail to face Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday.

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