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Vehicles dumped in canal near Tocumwal

By Southern Riverina News

Two vehicles have been found dumped in the Mulwala Canal near Tocumwal.

A Holden Captiva and Ford Territory were both discovered on May 13 during draining works at the canal.

Police say the Holden was allegedly stolen from Victoria in March.

Enquires are continuing about the Ford Territory, however police believe it’s also stolen.

Multiple charges

A 28 year-old Queensland man has been charged with five separate offences relating to assault, attempted theft, malicious damage, trespassing and offensive behaviour while trespassing in Tocumwal last week.

Police were called by multiple people who allege to have had run-ins with the man over a short period of time on Wednesday.

He is first alleged to have gone to a Berrigan Shire Council work site at Deniliquin Rd and Anzac Ave at about 7.40am, and reportedly tried to leave with some shire equipment.

When approached by the site surveyor to give the items back, a verbal altercation ensued.

The Queensland man is alleged to have purposely dropped the equipment on cement, causing significant damage.

He then reportedly fled the site and into the rear of a Tocumwal hotel through a gap in the fence, where he was found by the publican about 8.50am.

When asked to leave by the publican, who reports the man tried to tell him he owned the hotel, the man reportedly became aggressive and starting swinging punches. Police confirmed that while no contact was made with the publican during this time, the incident is still a form of assault.

After a passer-by came to the publican’s assistance, the man had fled but was soon found by police and arrested.

Witnesses alert police

A 27 year-old Finley man is to appear in court after reportedly crashing into two vehicles on May 8.

Police allege the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crashes, about 9.45pm.

Police were originally altered by witnesses who reported a speeding car on Dawe Ave, Finley.

Witnesses told police the car — which they said did not have headlights on — veered to the left hand side of the lane a side swiped a parked truck before colliding with the rear of another vehicle.

The driver was treated at the scene by paramedics, where he was also breath tested by police.

After allegedly returning a positive reading, the driver was taken to Finley Police Station where police claim a blood alcohol reading of 0.167 was recorded.

The man’s licence was suspended on the spot pending a court appearance for high range drink driving.

Drink drive charge

A French national has been charged with alleged drink driving after being stopped by police in Finley on May 12.

Police said the man was driving a Western Australian plated vehicle on Pinnuck St, which was stopped for a random breath test about 8.55pm.

After allegedly returning a positive roadside reading, the man was taken to Finley Police Station where police allege he recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.077.

The man is expected to appear in court on the drink driving charge.