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Man wanted in two states appears on nine charges

Shotgun pointed at police south of Coffs Harbour Sunday, 11 December 2016.
Shotgun pointed at police south of Coffs Harbour Sunday, 11 December 2016. Frank Redward

A FUGITIVE accused of pointing a shotgun at police before leading them on a high speed chase appeared at Lismore Local Court via videolink yesterday.

David Michael Bell, 38, was wanted in Queensland and South Australia when he allegedly pointed a gun at police after being pulled over at Macksville for a random breath test in early December.

Bell escaped that day by allegedly ramming his panel van into a locked State Forestry gate near Urunga and running into bushland.

His run came to an end two and a half weeks later after police chased his van for more than 200km.

Bell and an accomplice were finally arrested after their van was dumped in the Richmond River at South Ballina.

The Queensland man faces nine charges, including attempting to discharge a firearm with intent to resist arrest, failing to stop during a high-speed chase, using false documents, and unlawfully obtaining stolen property.

Police allege Bell had $500,000 of stolen cigarettes in his possession on December 30, which  may have been dumped at Tabbimoble.   Bell was formally refused bail following his arrest.   Yesterday Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Bell to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court  on Tuesday.

The Queensland man faces nine charges, including attempting to discharge a firearm with intent to resist arrest, failing to stop during a high-speed chase, using false documents, and unlawfully obtaining stolen property.  

Police allege that Bell had $500,000 of stolen cigarettes in his possession on December 30, which  may have been dumped at Tabbimoble.  

Bell was formally refused bail following his arrest.  

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Bell to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court  on Tuesday.

Topics:  coffs coast crime fugitive macksville shotgun


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