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Police pursuit smashes into bystanders

By johnboy - 27 August 2011 33

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This in from Gooterz at 3:34am this morning:

Friend of mine was the victim of a Police pursuit gone wrong tonight, ended up having a smash at the northern interection near the vue construction site after another car being chased by police ran the red light.

The car is a right off but the two people in it are ok. One of them helped to chase down the other driver as they fled the scene.

ACT Policing are promising a statement later this morning once they finalise some details.

UPDATE: Here’s the statement:

ACT Policing has apprehended a 19-year-old man from Bonython and a 19-year-old man from NSW after a collision in Tuggeranong last night (Friday, August 26).

Around 8.20pm a marked police vehicle from the Traffic team was conducting a mobile patrol in Greenway. Police observed a dark coloured Holden Commodore exiting Cowlishaw Street without the headlights on.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Athllon Drive however when the officer exited the vehicle and approached the car the offenders accelerated away.

After police returned to their vehicle they attempted to pursue the car however, when the vehicle turned into Anketell Street officers prepared to terminate the pursuit which lasted 40 seconds.

As the vehicle travelled down Anketell Street it passed a Tuggeranong Patrol and officers witnessed the Commodore travelling at high speed with no headlights on. The offending vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of Anketell Street and Cowlishaw Street and collided with a red hatch back.

The offenders got out of the car and attempted to flee the scene. Two men and a woman were apprehended by officers from Tuggeranong Police Station. No one in either vehicle was injured in the incident.

Both the men claimed the other was driving the vehicle and both tested positive for alcohol at the scene. They were taken to Tuggeranong Police Station and breath analysis showed both men were over the limit with each recording a mid-range reading of level 2.

Investigations as to who was driving the vehicle are continuing. The driver will be summonsed to court at a later date.

[Photo courtesy Gooterz]

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33 Responses to
Police pursuit smashes into bystanders
1
alaninoz 11:45 am
27 Aug 11
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Glad the innocent bystanders are OK, and good on them for helping catch the perp. Hope they gave him a clogging before the coppers caught up.

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ConanOfCooma 1:20 pm
27 Aug 11
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If he totalled my vehicle, I’d be helping the oinks run him down, too!

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johnboy 4:45 pm
27 Aug 11
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Police statement now added.

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Henry82 5:00 pm
27 Aug 11
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Gooterz – im glad to hear your friends are ok

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homeone 7:18 pm
27 Aug 11
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“officers prepared to terminate the pursuit which lasted 40 seconds.”

What ‘preparation’ is required ?? Turn off the flashing lights ????

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screaming banshee 8:54 pm
27 Aug 11
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Is it unreasonable to expect that if neither will admit to driving the vehicle they should both be charged with the offence.

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KeenGolfer 9:09 pm
27 Aug 11
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homeone said :

“officers prepared to terminate the pursuit which lasted 40 seconds.”

What ‘preparation’ is required ?? Turn off the flashing lights ????

If you care to read the pursuit guidelines there’s quite a bit more to it than that. First there’s all the considerations of when and why to terminate. If a decision is made to terminate then:

Return to speed limit, stop following vehicle, turn off lights & sirens, pull over, notify comms pursuit has ended and why, leave vehicle running to cool down, inspection under bonnet, inspect bodywork, wheels and tyres etc.

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Jethro 9:29 pm
27 Aug 11
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screaming banshee said :

Is it unreasonable to expect that if neither will admit to driving the vehicle they should both be charged with the offence.

Unfortunately, yes. It’s a Schrodinger’s cat meets Australian criminal law…. I guess they could fingerprint the steering wheel…

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Jethro 9:30 pm
27 Aug 11
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I believe Ben Elton wrote a book about it, set in a Big Brother house.

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GardeningGirl 9:47 pm
27 Aug 11
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screaming banshee said :

Is it unreasonable to expect that if neither will admit to driving the vehicle they should both be charged with the offence.

+1

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LSWCHP 10:19 pm
27 Aug 11
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What great blokes. The true spirit of Australian on display there. “He was drinving”. “No no..he was driving”

The average IQ of the Australian population seems to be dropping day by day.

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12
mickey 11:02 pm
27 Aug 11
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Get these morons off our streets. Lock them both up for a long time.

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gooterz 1:30 am
28 Aug 11
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For me its weird that they used the word prepared. Your either chasing someone or you aren’t, saying your ‘prepared’ to call it off could otherwise apply as an excuse for every police chase?

Shouldnt they always be prepared for anything when in a dangerious pursuit?

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urchin 2:33 am
28 Aug 11
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gooterz said :

For me its weird that they used the word prepared. Your either chasing someone or you aren’t, saying your ‘prepared’ to call it off could otherwise apply as an excuse for every police chase?

Shouldnt they always be prepared for anything when in a dangerious pursuit?

for me its weird that people should care about whether they use the word “prepared” in a press statement or not. these aren’t nobel prize winning novelists, cutting a little slack might be in order. and do you really think people should be “prepared” for anything when in a dangerous pursuit (i think it’s weird you made up the word dangerious)? Does that include rampaging giraffes and UFO attacks? these are police officers, not superman.

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Special G 7:41 am
28 Aug 11
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Headline should read – ‘Drunk wankers run from Police and crash into innocent bystanders’.

Put the responsibility on the drivers of the car. Although apparently both may have been driving.

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