A MAN who allegedly tried to run over Armidale detectives while on the run from the law has appeared in an Armidale court after being extradited from Queensland.
The 32-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged with five offences including using a weapon to avoid apprehension, driving while disqualified and breaching his bail over an incident which happened in Armidale in March last year.
Senior police say the man had been wanted by police since 2008 for not complying with the reporting conditions of the child protection register.
It wasn’t until last year that police learnt that the man might be living in the area.
Detectives tried to arrest him at an Armidale address on March 1 and allege he tried to run over them as they approached his car.
They say they had to jump out of the path of the car as he fled the scene and other back-up police cars pursued him for a short time before he eventually eluded them.
The man was arrested by Queensland police on a serious assault charge in July last year.
He remained in custody until last Thursday when he was released from Brisbane Correction Centre into the hands of Armidale detectives.
His extradition to NSW was granted at a hearing in Richlands Local Court and detectives charged him by virtue of five arrest warrants.
New England police Detective Sergeant Matt Crotty told The Leader yesterday that the arrest was a warning to people wanted on arrest warrants, that police will catch up with them eventually.
“It’s good he’s been brought to justice finally, after trying to harm police officers in this state,”he said.
“We’ve been anticipating his release in Queensland and we hope he is dealt with before the courts accordingly.
“This arrest should serve as a timely warning for those wanted on arrest warrants, that police will pursue you and we will catch up with you
The man was refused bail in Armidale Local Court yesterday, to reappear on July 9.