Police drag-racer guilty

Police drag-racer guilty

A MELBOURNE man will reappear in court for sentencing on May 18 after pleading guilty to three offences following an incident with a police officer on Wednesday.

Paul Incani, 43, appeared in Wangaratta Magistrates Court yesterday after being arrested following an incident in which a Wangaratta highway patrol officer was dragged by a car for a short distance.

The officer had intercepted Incani near Porepunkah for a traffic offence about 2.30pm.

It was discovered he had an outstanding warrant in the Northern Territory and the officer reached in to turn off the vehicle’s ignition.

But Incani drove off with the officer suffering minor injuries.

Police later arrested Incani on the Selwyn Creek Track in the Buckland Valley about 40 kilometres south of Porepunkah at 5.30pm.

Incani pleaded guilty to charges of escaping from police custody, resisting arrest and recklessly causing injury.

The case was heard by magistrate John Murphy through a video link to Shepparton.

Incani was bailed to reappear for sentencing.