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Drug and firearm charges follow dangerous driving complaints

POLICE have laid multiple charges against a man who was reportedly driving dangerously at New Norfolk earlier this week. In a statement released earlier today (Friday), a Tasmania Police spokesperson said a man from Richmond had been charged with driving, drug and firearms offences.

“Around 10.55 pm Wednesday night, police received several reports of a vehicle driving dangerously on Sixth Ave at New Norfolk,” the spokesperson said. “Police co-ordinated a response and successfully spiked the white Toyota Corolla on Boyer Rd at Bridgewater.

“A short time later police located the vehicle abandoned in the Pontville Cemetery. Police searched the vehicle and located ammunition and a relatively large quantity of drugs believed to be ice. Police subsequently searched the area and located a man police will allege was the driver of the vehicle.”

The spokesperson said a 23-year-old man from Richmond had since been charged with aggravated evasion of police, dangerous driving, stealing, possession of a loaded firearm, and other firearms and drug offences. “As part of the ongoing investigation following the man’s arrest, police have located a number of firearms and further quantity of drugs.”

The Mercury reports that the man charged was Charles Vincent Read, son of the late Mark “Chopper” Read. The newspaper further reports that Mr Read was remanded in custody after a bail hearing this morning and will appear in court again next month.

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