Police uncover rifle, ammo in car search

BEING disqualified from driving until 2021 did not stop Shane Martin allegedly leading police on a car chase while he was intoxicated and carrying a shortened rifle.

When police visited a home at Urbenville, about 30km south of the Queensland border, at about 8.45pm on Friday night about a disturbance, officers allege they saw a Subaru utility driving off at high speed toward Tooloom.

When the ute was allegedly sighted on Tooloom Rd soon after, a pursuit was initiated and it is alleged Martin unsuccessfully tried to ram open the gate of a property.

After a struggle with police, 49-year-old Martin was arrested at the scene and a search of his car uncovered a shortened rifle and ammunition.

Martin was taken to Woodenbong police station where he returned a mid-range reading of .136.

He was taken to Lismore police station, charged with eight offences and refused bail.

Yesterday at Lismore Local Court, Martin appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern where he was refused bail and adjourned to a date in August.



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