ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER

A man will face court next month, accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer.

Authorities say the 39-year-old was five times over the limit and speeding along Hillview Drive Goonellabah last night, when he crashed into a power pole, snapping it in half.

Despite a struggle, the officer managed to restrain the man until backup arrived.

Several homes were without power this morning as crews cleaned up the mess.

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