Police arrest man after overnight search of Bellinger River
POLICE have confirmed they have located and arrested a man who became the focus of an overnight search on the Bellinger River.
A police media spokesperson said the man is well, but no other details are available.
He is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.
5AM: A SEARCH has been conducted at Raleigh for a man who avoided police by jumping into the Bellinger River and swimming to the other side.
Police say a critical incident investigation has been launched and officers and State Emergency Service volunteers have conducted a search for the 32-year-old man, amid concerns he may have drowned.
Police said the man jumped into the river after a foot pursuit with officers last night.
It happened about 10.20pm after police stopped a group of males at the intersection of Old Pacific Hwy and North Bank Rd, Raleigh about 22km south of Coffs Harbour.
When police attempted to question the 32-year-old he allegedly ran from the group towards the Bellinger River.
A short foot pursuit ensued before the man allegedly jumped into the river and began to swim to the other side, police said.
A critical incident team from Tweed Byron will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.