30 August 2023

Griffith man allegedly wrestles two police officers following a pursuit

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Griffith Court House.

A 31-year-old man was granted conditional bail after being charged with several offences. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A Griffith man has been arrested for allegedly driving while disqualified, exceeding the speed limit, carrying a prohibited weapon and supplying drugs.

Police said officers attached to Griffith Highway Patrol were on North Kooba Settlers Road at Kooba when they detected a black Kawasaki motorcycle travelling at 119 km/h in a 100 km/h zone just after 3 pm on 21 August.

As police took position behind the motorcycle, the rider allegedly accelerated to a speed of 160 km/h. Police allege the bike eventually slowed down and stopped, leading to a short foot pursuit, after which the officers apprehended the rider in a drainage canal.

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The 31-year-old man allegedly resisted arrest by wrestling with the two police officers, but he was later handcuffed and led out of the canal. The officers were not injured in the incident.

Officers allegedly found an extendable baton and 5.59 grams of methamphetamine following a search of his black backpack. The a licence check showed the man was disqualified until October 2025, and after further checks, police found out that he was on parole and under a weapons prohibition order.

Following an oral fluid test, the man allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine. Police will await results from the laboratory before taking action.

The man appeared before Griffith Local Court on 22 August, charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h, driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period, resisting arrest, not stopping when directed, using a prohibited weapon contrary to a prohibition order, and supplying prohibited drugs.

He was granted conditional bail and is set to appear before Griffith Local Court in October.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers online. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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