MAN ALLEGEDLY HOLDS PAIR HOSTAGE IN NORTHERN TABLELANDS

A man has been charged after allegedly crashing into a car and holding two people against their will in the state’s Northern Tablelands.

The incident occurred around 5am on Saturday on the New England Highway north of Guyra.

It’s alleged the man driving a silver Holden station wagon rammed a white Holden Statesman – making the vehicle leave the road and roll several times.

The man allegedly kidnapped the pair, a man and woman known to him, to Armidale where they were held against their will and assaulted.

The pair escaped and reported the incident at Armidale Police Station.

They were taken to Armidale Hospital for treatment.

Detectives later executed a search warrant at a motel on Marsh Street around 10am yesterday. (Monday 7 September)

Officers located and seized methylamphetamine (ice) and just over $30,000 in cash.

A 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage (2)
  • Predatory driving (4)
  • Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous (5)
  • Armed with intent commit indictable offence (2)
  • Destroy or damage property
  • Supply prohibited drug
  • Deal with proceeds of crime, money/property
  • Drive while licence cancelled (2)

He was refused bail to appear before Armidale Local Court today.