Drive offender misses court

A CASINO man facing 17 serious driving charges has twice failed to front court and will be arrested if he does not appear next month.

Magistrate R Denes this week ordered an arrest warrant "lie in court" for Allan Dean Brown, 26, should he not show.

Brown is accused of fleeing the scene of a single-car collision at Piora, about 20km west of Casino, about 5.30pm on February 23.

Five passengers were seriously injured when the unlicensed Brown lost control of an unregistered Mitsubishi Magna.

It is alleged he walked about a kilometre down the road and stole a Subaru ute.

He was later arrested by detectives from the New England Local Area Command driving into Tenterfield about 7.30pm and taken to Tenterfield Community Hospital where he was treated for a deep laceration to his face.

Of the five injured passengers, a 31-year-old was transported to hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter with suspected internal injuries; a 29-year-old man sustained serious ankle and facial injuries and a 28-year-old man hadserious arm, head and facial injuries.

A 39-year-old man received head, chest and leg injuries and another man had minor injuries.

Brown was in breach of parole conditions when the accident occurred and was transported to Long Bay Prison Hospital but later achieved bail.

He was listed to appear in Lismore Local Court on December 6 but sought an adjournment, claiming his car broke down.

Brown was relisted to appear this week but a family member called the court saying he was sick.



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