Police charged man who allegedly turned to hit a man with his car.
Police charged man who allegedly turned to hit a man with his car.

NAMED: Driver accused of deliberately hitting pedestrian

A CASINO man accused of deliberately hitting a pedestrian will face court on Monday.

At 10.15pm on Friday, a group of people were crossing at a marked pedestrian crossing on Barker St, Casino, when a Nissan Navara travelling west approached and nearly hit a 40-year-old man.

Police allege the driver was Patrick Roger Wood, 26.

It is alleged he was involved in a verbal altercation and continued to drive west, before conducting a U-turn on Barker St, crossing a concrete median strip and hitting the man, who was standing on a traffic island.

He was carried on the bonnet of the utility for about 10m, before falling on the road.

The Nissan car failed to stop and drove away.

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Emergency services attended the scene, and the 40-year-old man received treatment at the scene before being taken to Casino Hospital.

He sustained cuts and abrasions to his hands, arms, knees and hip.

Officers from Richmond Police District later found the Nissan parked in a driveway on Barker Street half an hour later.

Police allegedly found Mr Wood in the backyard of the home where he was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

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Following his release, he was taken to Casino Police Station and charged with drive furiously in motor vehicle do/cause bodily harm, use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence, drive motor vehicle menaces another with intent (x2), fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury, drive on dividing strip, not keep left of median strip, knowingly drive vehicle in manner menaces other, and operate vehicle/vessel so as to harass/intimidate person.

Mr Wood was refused bail in Lismore Local Court on Saturday.

He will reappear in Lismore Local Court on Monday.

The men are not believed to be known to each other, and police are urging anyone who can help with their investigation to call Crime Stoppers.


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