Tamworth driver charged

A 20-YEAR-OLD Tamworth man has been charged under ‘Skye’s Law’ for attempting to outrun police after being stopped at a random breath-testing unit around midnight on Sunday in Woodlark Street, Lismore.

While speaking to the man police observed that four passengers in the 1994 Holden were not wearing seatbelts.

Police initiated a pursuit after the man sped away from the RBT before braking abruptly 500 metres down the road and fleeing on foot.

He escaped through sporting grounds near Oakes Oval before police spotted him 30 minutes later in the front yard of a property in Diadem Street.

He was arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

Skye’s Law, which has penalties up to three years’ jail for first offenders fleeing police, was passed following the death of 19-month-old Skye Sassine after a police chase in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.

In other news, police and Rural Fire Service officers are investigating a fire that destroyed a house in Therese Creek Road, near Casino, on Sunday. At this stage there are no suspicious circumstances.



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