A MAN who evaded police by running into the sand dunes near Towradgi on Sunday evening before swimming into the surf, has been charged with a number of domestic violence related offences.
Police allege the 35-year-old man was involved in a domestic violence incident in Lake Heights earlier this year. Police were called to a Lake Heights home about 8pm on Tuesday, January 21, following reports a man had stabbed a woman in the leg during a domestic violence related incident.
The woman suffered minor injuries and contacted police from a nearby payphone after fleeing the house.
Police attended and were unable to find the man and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Shortly after 6pm yesterday (Sunday) a man, driving a Holden Rodeo ute along Carters Lane Towradgi, was stopped by a Police Highway Patrol vehicle.
As police gestured for the ute to stop, the man stopped and ran from the vehicle towards the beach. A police dog tracked him to the sand dunes between Towradgi and Fairy Meadow beaches, where he was seen swimming about 50m offshore.
Police monitored the man in the surf for about an hour, before Marine Area Command officers picked him up about 150m offshore of Fairy Meadow surf club. He was given dry clothes and food before being arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with a number of domestic violence related charges, as well as driving a vehicle during disqualification period and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
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