Forced to abandon chase
TWO men skylarking in the back of a utility in Casino in the early hours of yesterday morning were lucky they were not killed when it flipped over.
Richmond Valley Highway Patrol first saw the white, single cab utility careering down Centre Street in Casino just after midnight.
They turned on their lights and sirens and chased the speeding car.
When police saw the two men in the utility's rear tray, they slowed down and turned off the lights as it was unsafe to pursue the car with the men in such a dangerous position.
After losing sight of the vehicle, the police continued to patrol the area. Soon after, they found the utility on its side at the corner of Light and Centre streets.
One of the men was trapped under the rear tray and had to be freed by police.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with serious cuts to his body and possible fractures to his leg.
The 49-year-old Casino woman driving the utility, and believed to be under the influence of alcohol, was arrested and taken to the police station for blood alcohol tests.
The other man travelling in the rear of the utility was not hurt.
The injuries did not warrant being upgraded to a critical incident, police said yesterday.