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Foreshore incident

Foreshore incident

Portland man in custody

A Portland man has been remanded in custody and will face court today after he drove through wooden bollards at the Portland Foreshore, narrowly missing innocent people in the process.

The incident started about 7.30pm when witnesses noticed the 35-year-old man driving erratically along the Lee Breakwater.

It's alleged the man then drove his red Holden Rodeo ute through wooden bollards and started to do burnouts on the lawn area near the Portland Angling Club.

Portland police received numerous calls regarding the driver's erratic behaviour.

A short time later he crashed through more bollards at the northern end of the Portland Foreshore lawn and drove at members of the public.

From there, the accused has then driven away from the scene before stopping at the entrance of the Portland Railway Station in Henty Street, where he was intercepted by police and taken into custody.

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"He is expected to be charged with refusing a preliminary breath test, resisting arrest, reckless conduct, endangering persons and other traffic related matters," Victoria Police Media Advisor Nikki Ladgroves said.

"The man will be remanded to the Warrnambool Magistrates Court later today, and anyone who witnessed the incident, has dashcam or mobile phone footage, is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000."

When interviewed by police, the alleged offender declined to comment.

He is well known to police with 16 pages of prior court appearances, which include drug and violence offences.

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