A policeman’s lot is not a happy one – and certainly not on Friday night in Queensland, where one driver tried to run a motorcycle officer off the road and two more had their police car rammed and wrecked.
The highway patrol officer was forced to take evasive action in a high-speed chase after the driver of the car being pursued allegedly swerved in front of the officer’s motorbike.
In the second incident, which unfolded in Deception Bay, near the Sunshine Coast, just after 7pm, two officers received minor injuries after pulling over a stolen white Subaru wagon.
The driver slammed the car into reverse and rammed the police car four times before fleeing the scene, his car at one stage sitting with both wheels on the bonnet.
The Subaru was later stopped with tyre spikes, but the occupants jumped from the disabled vehicle, fled in foot and remain at large.
In dramatic vision of the incident involving the motorcycle officer and released by Queensland Police, the police officer repeatedly points to the driver of a blue sedan and tells him to pull over.
The alleged offender, with his window down, ignores the officer’s requests and begins to zig-zag across the two-lane freeway before swerving into the police BMW’s path and speeding off.
The officer calls off the chase, requests back-up and says: “This guy just tried to run me off my bike”.
After the vision was posted by Queensland Police on Twitter, road users thanked the police officer for his actions.
“ Thank God, the Officer was ok & got to go home at the end of his shift. Thanks Queensland Police for looking after us,” one person said.
“My heart is racing after watching this! Omg just terrible,” another wrote.
The incident occurred in Harlaxton in the northern suburbs of Toowoomba, about 2.10pm on Friday, when the officer tried to pull over the driver.
Police said the man’s car was found a short time later crashed into a tree off the highway near Mount Luke.
A police officer on a motorcycle had a lucky escape yesterday after a motorist allegedly deliberately swerved into his path at Harlaxton before driving away at high speed. https://t.co/JMw5LIQoSA pic.twitter.com/QhLdqooX02
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) August 18, 2018
The Queensland Police dog squad tracked the man through bushland for several hours before losing the scent.
The unlicensed driver was arrested a few hours later at a Crows Nest address.
A 42-year-old Toowoomba man was denied police bail and appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with dangerous driving, endangering the life of a person in a vehicle with intent, failing to stop and unlicensed driving whilst under SPER suspension.