Breakthrough in double fatal that killed two bikies
UPDATE: A SOUTH Grafton man has been charged with two counts of murder after allegedly forcing a car off the Pacific Highway last year.
Detectives arrested the 34-year-old man in Grafton on Wednesday morning and seized a loaded firearm from his car.
Police allege the man used his car to force another vehicle off the Pacific Highway south of Grafton last year, killing two people.
About 7.45pm on Sunday December 9, last year, a silver Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling south on the Pacific Highway near Halfway Creek, 20km south of Grafton, when police allege the man used his Commodore to force the Lancer off the roadway.
It crashed through a fence, rolled, then caught fire.
Police allege the man then left the scene without contacting emergency services or getting help.
A 42-year-old man from Grafton and a 29-year-old man from Tucabia died at the scene, while a 39-year-old Coffs Harbour woman, who was a passenger, suffered head and spinal injuries and was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition.
Detectives attached to Coffs/Clarence Police District established Strike Force Kiowa to investigate the crash.
About 10.15am on Wednesday, detectives arrested the man in Victoria Street, Grafton. When the man's vehicle was searched a loaded firearm was seized.
He was taken to Grafton Police Station where he has now been charged with two counts of murder, one count of recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm, and one count of possess loaded firearm in a public place.
He has been refused bail to face Grafton Local Court on Thursday.
BREAKING: POLICE are expected to update the media on Thursday in relation to a double fatality, which left two bikie criminals dead near Grafton in December last year.
It is understood a person of interest has been questioned by detectives over the double fatality and will be charged this afternoon.
Daniel Elliott, 42, a Nomads gang member from Grafton and his associate 29-year-old Jared Ward from nearby Tucabia died at the scene and a 39-year-old woman, who was also in the vehicle, had to be airlifted to the Gold Coast.
The Mitsubishi Lancer was travelling south on the Pacific Highway at Glenugie, when it left the road crashed through a fence and rolled.
"We are looking at a number of scenarios, including that a shot or firearm was involved in the fatal crash or the vehicle may have been forced off the road,'' Coffs Harbour crime manager Peter O'Reilly said at the time.
In the weeks following the accident detectives attached to Strike Force Kiowa appealed for information from the public and specifically from the driver of a truck they believed witnessed the accident.
More details to come