A KATHERINE man will appear in Katherine Court today to face several charges, including endangering a police officer and possessing an unlicensed firearm.
The 29-year-old was arrested after his vehicle became stuck on Edith River Road on Tuesday afternoon, when police noticed him driving recklessly in a maroon Ford sedan.
“It is alleged that when the vehicle became bogged in a ditch, an officer who was in the process of apprehending the offender lost his footing on the loose gravel behind the vehicle.
"The offender proceeded to reverse the vehicle at speed towards the officer who narrowly avoided being hit,” Detective Senior Sergeant Sims said.
“Police apprehended the man and seized the vehicle, which has been identified as stolen.
“A search of the vehicle revealed a sawn off shot gun with shells and drug paraphernalia.”
Dect Sen Sgt Sims said positive tests indicated the offender was under the influence of illicit substances at the time.
The alleged offender is facing 12 charges in total, which include aggravated unlawful use of a motor vehicle, drive at a speed dangerous, recklessly endanger serious harm, assault a member of the police force, possess firearm under the influence and driver drive under the influence of drugs.