A critical incident is being investigated at Raleigh where a man jumped into the Bellinger River after a foot pursuit with police last night.
A critical incident is being investigated at Raleigh where a man jumped into the Bellinger River after a foot pursuit with police last night. Trevor Veale

Police arrest man after overnight search of Bellinger River

UPDATE 12.45PM

 

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. 



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