ARREST: Gerald Arthur Field in custody.
ARREST: Gerald Arthur Field in custody. Warwick Daily News

Man pulls gun, found with drugs, court told

A MAN allegedly got out of his car and faced police holding a 12-gauge shotgun after a highway police chase near Goondiwindi.

Gerald Arthur Field appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday morning after spending a night in the watchhouse after his arrest.

The 59-year-old faces 10 charges stemming from the alleged late-night evasion and firearm incident, and subsequent police search.

About 9.30 Wednesday night, crews were patrolling the Barwon Hwy near Goondiwindi when they attempted to pull over Fields' Toyota LandCruiser, which was towing a camper trailer.

Police followed the 4WD, activating their sirens after a licence plate check showed the vehicle was allegedly involved in an incident in New South Wales on February 21.

Police claim Fields then fled in his car.

Police saw Fields' 4WD again 40km west of Goondiwindi on Jamison Rd, Toobeah, where they deployed a tyre deflation device.

When they approached the car to speak with the Fassifern Valley man, he allegedly emerged wielding the the 12-gauge shotgun.

Goondiwindi Police Detective Sergent Brett Richard said police were able to subdue Fields and make an arrest.

"There was no challenge," he said.

A police search of the vehicles allegedly uncovered a small amount of marijuana and ammunition for the shotgun. Fields was also charged with serious assault of a police officer and evading police while armed.

In court yesterday morning, the Fassifern Valley man was ordered to remain in custody until his next court date.

He will reappear in Warwick Magistrates Court on April 10, facing one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle, failing to stop a motor vehicle and driving a motor vehicle without a licence.

He was also charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, illegal possession of explosives, unlawful possession of a weapon and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.



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