Car chase ends with police officer's hand broken

A POLICE officer suffered a broken hand on Saturday night while attempting to arrest a man following a car chase that ended in south Ballina.

Just before 6pm on Saturday, officers from Ballina Highway Patrol Command responded to reports of a red Holden Rodeo utility allegedly driving in a manner dangerous along Chinderah Bay Drive at Chinderah.

Officers sighted the Holden just before 7pm travelling north along River Street in Ballina and a pursuit was initiated when the utility allegedly failed to stop.

Police followed the Holden along Horizon Road and then onto an unsealed section of road before it crashed and the driver ran off into a swamp with three to four metre high reeds.

Officers chased after the driver who then allegedly resisted arrest and attempted to remove an officer's firearm from his holster.

The man was arrested and placed into custody when three other officers arrived to assist.

The 30-year-old man was initially taken to Ballina Hospital and then to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with 13 offences including driving in a dangerous manner, using an unregistered vehicle, using an uninsured vehicle, assaulting police, resisting an officer in execution of duty, the custody of a knige in a public place, Skye's Law (not stopping, police pursuit), carrying a cutting weapon upon apprehension, and assaulting police causing actual bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear before Lismore Local Court today.

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