Coffs Harbour police monitor the crowd at the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
Coffs Harbour police monitor the crowd at the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup. Trevor Veale/The Coffs Coast Adv

The ugly incidents of Cup Day

A POLICE officer was allegedly choked by an intoxicated man outside a local hotel, in an ugly incident following the Coffs Harbour Cup raceday.

Police said the man's girlfriend was asked to leave the Pier Hotel by security staff when he became argumentative about 8.15pm.

Officers escorted the 37-year-old Nana Glen man from the premises when he allegedly grabbed a male officer around the neck.

Police said the man was restrained and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was held in custody.

He was later released into the custody of a family member at 9.40pm.

Investigations are continuing into the incident and the man is likely to be charged with the assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, offensive behaviour and failing to leave a licensed presmises.

Police said the man's girlfriend, 29, was fined $550 for failing to quit a licensed premises after she was caught back inside the hotel by staff at 8.40pm.

Coffs Harbour Duty Officer Acting-Inspector Darren Williams said police made a host of arrests last night and early this morning, but overall crowds at the racecourse were well behaved.

"What was also concerning was the number of people caught drink driving on local roads," Inspt. Williams said.

"I have been stationed in this command since 1988 and its astounding every year despite the well publicised message that police will be out in force, and that council and other stakeholders are providing free public transport, people still persist to drive from the venue under the influence of alcohol," he said.

Other arrests and infringements included:

  • A youth, 17, caught with fake identification by security staff in the Coffs Hotel at 7.20pm.
  • A Coffs Harbour man, 29, failing to leave the Coffs Hotel at 7.40pm, fined $550
  • A Burley Waters man, 33, caught urinating on a power pole outside the Coffs Hotel at 8pm, fined $200
  • A Toormina man, 34, caught urinating in the Dan Murphy's carpark at 8.45pm, fined $200
  • A Central Bucca man, 26, failing to leave the footpath of licensed premises in Grafton St at 7.10pm
  • A Repton man, 19, fined for offensive behaviour after exposing his backside at the racecourse at 6.06pm 
  • A Coffs Harbour man, 20, ejected from the racecourse for being intoxicated at 5pm
  • A Safety Beach woman, 19, carried by police out of the racecourse due to her level of intoxication at 3.35pm
  • A Coffs Harbour man, 22, caught drink driving on Hogbin Dr at 4pm. The provisional driver returned a special range reading of 0.03.


A Coffs Harbour man, 50, ejected from Coffs C.ex at 2pm due to a ban.

Police allege the man assaulted security staff and was held at the location.

Checks by officers found the man had outstanding warrants and was in breach of his parole.

He was returned to jail today facing a string of charges.


A Coffs Harbour man, 19, caught drink driving in Beryl St at 12.45am.

Police pulled over a dark blue Ford Maverick after it allegedly ran a red arrow light in Elbow St. 

It's alleged the driver pulled over and jumped into the rear seat of the vehicle.

He told police his girl friend was driving.

Another passenger in the car told police the man had been driving.

Police said the man was placed into a patrol car and began kicking the internal doors of the car, unleashing a tirade of abuse towards the officers.

Traffic checks found he was a disqualified learner driver, who had previously been ordered off the roads by a magistrate until May 2016.   

The man was taken to the police station where he refused a breath test.

He was charged with driving under the influence, drive whilst disqualified, offensive behaviour and refusing a breath analysis.

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