Casino claims challenged
THE former partner of a man critically injured in a police pursuit in Casino has disputed some police claims.
Alex Tighe, 32, was fighting for his life in hospital after being involved in a car accident in Casino on October 11.
About 9.16pm that evening the Mitsubishi Magna which Mr Tighe was driving left the road and wrapped around a telegraph pole in a horrific accident, which he amazingly survived.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with head, chest and abdominal injuries.
But the mother of the man's children, Elaina Flanders, 31, of North Casino, has questioned some of events of that night.
According to police, a 000 call was received from the Boronia Cr house in which Ms Flanders lives with the three children she has to Mr Tighe.
The police allege an unknown man had attempted to smash a window of the premises before fleeing the scene in his blue Mitsubishi Magna.
Later that evening police were patrolling the Casino area when they stopped a car fitting that description, however, the driver then allegedly accelerated away.
A pursuit was initiated, but shortly after Mr Tighe, who was driving the Magna, allegedly hit a gutter and crashed into the telegraph pole at the intersection of the Bruxner Hwy and Johnson St.
But Ms Flanders claims no 000 call was made from the property that night and that Mr Tighe was not attempting to break into the house.
"They are saying there was a 000 call from a person inside the house and that a person was breaking in that was an unknown person," Ms Flanders said.
"I live in this house, so why would he break in?
"(The police) are trying to make him out to be a bad person, (they said) nothing about his life, that he's a father of three kids, just making him out to be a criminal," she said.
Following the crash, Richmond Local Area Command Superintendent Greg Martin said someone home at the time had made a call to police.
Supt Martin also defended the actions of the police officer who engaged in the pursuit.
"The pursuit itself was only very short, it went for less than 1km ... and was on a straight section of road," he said.
Ms Flanders said Mr Tighe had fled police because he was driving without a licence.
She also said the incident followed Mr Tighe's birthday celebrations at the house that day and conceded Mr Tighe had been drinking.
Mr Tighe is now in a stable condition in hospital.
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