Warrant issued for dangerous driver

AN ARREST warrant has been issued for a man charged with driving a car that crashed and left five occupants with horrific injuries.

Allan Brown failed to show up in Lismore Local Court today, for the second time in a row.

Brown is charged with 17 offences, including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, driving unlicensed and driving unregistered, in relation to a car crash at Piora, west of Casino on February 23 last year.

It is alleged Brown was driving an overloaded car along the Bruxner Highway when he lost control and hit a tree.

Brown is accused of fleeing the scene, while the other occupants remained trapped in the wreckage, and stealing another car from nearby.

He then allegedly drove towards Tenterfield where he was arrested by police.

Brown was on parole when the crash occurred.

In Lismore Local Court today, his defence counsel Laura Fennell waited several hours for her client to appear.

Ms Fennell said her client did not appear at his last scheduled court date, in December, because the car he was travelling in broke down.

However, this time around he had not provided Ms Fennell with a reason for his absence.

Magistrate Linden subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest.

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