Warrant for man after chase and bail breach

POLICE have charged a man with running into a police officer and using a weapon to avoid apprehension.

Police say they chased Casino man Adam Richards, 32, through sealed and unsealed forest roads before calling off the chase for safety reasons.

Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said police were speaking to a member of the public at the person's home on Bungawalbin-Whiporie Rd near Whiporie on Tuesday, August 13.

As they were speaking to the person, police allege Mr Rich- ards approached in a white Ford Laser. They said an officer signalled for the driver to stop, but after initially slowing, the driver accelerated suddenly and hit one of the officers on the leg.

Police pursued the Ford for some time but were unable to safely catch the car, which was last seen on State Forest roads near New Italy.

Then on Friday, Mr Richards presented himself to Casino Police Station as part of a bail condition for another matter.

Det Insp Lindsay said police officers at the station recognised him from the pursuit.

Mr Richards was arrested on a number of charges including using a weapon to avoid apprehension, police pursuit, driving at dangerous speeds and other traffic matters.

He appeared before the Bail Court on Saturday where he was granted bail and released to appear before a magistrate at Lismore on Monday, August 19.

But Mr Richards failed to attend the court and a warrant has now been issued for his arrest.

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