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When is a high speed pursuit not a high speed pursuit?

By johnboy 2 August 2005 131

Following on from our story on 21 year old Clea who is currently in a very bad way in Canberra Hospital after being hit by a stolen car in the small hours of Saturday morning the Canberra Times has a detailed article on the incident and what exactly it was the police were doing.

Luke Bicevskis told the ABC that the cars had been travelling at 80-100km/h when they had gone through the bus interchange and Jeremy Pavlovic said the police car had been very close behind the Commodore.

“They [the Commodore] just zoomed through there with absolute carelessness because they were in a hurry to get out because the AFP car was that close,” he said.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree that the miscreants in the stolen car should be held accountable to the full extent of the law. However if the authority figures had chosen a different course of action the kids would be up for a minor car theft charge and a 21 year old woman would be getting on with her life this morning. Some quality time in the room of mirrors would at least be in order one would think.

But the institutional dishonesty of the police still claiming there was no high speed pursuit (a statement I suspect is clinging to a very subtle interpretation of what constitutes a “high speed pursuit”) is what concerns me the most. Police complain about a hostile media, but when can we trust them for anything but the good news?

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Thumper 10:52 am 01 Aug 06

I’ll give Mr Pavlova one thing, he has not tried to hide behind a nom de plume with his statements.

Thumper 10:49 am 01 Aug 06

There seems to be no problem here, well, the example above is an anomoly. However, blog or no blog, it’s not hard to use some structure as opposed to what is written above.

As well, if you are writing like the above then it’s more likely that people will not read it.

Thus your message is totally mute.

Mr_Shab 10:22 am 01 Aug 06

I read something (don’t ask me to cite, ’cause I honestly can’t remember where) about blogging influencing the written language; primarily because paragraphs, sentance structure, correct spelling, punctuation and capitalisation all are an “unnatural” way to write online.

I would say more because people might consider what they have written if they go back and edit it. I’m sure we can agree that’s just not done on any given blog 😉

Thumper 8:49 am 01 Aug 06

I just can’t read it.

Don’t they teach kids about paragraphs and grammatical structures these days?

And we’re closing down schools…..

*Sigh*

simto 8:39 am 01 Aug 06

Are the people who can’t write in paragraphs really all lunatic ranters, or is it just that I find their stuff so hard to read that I assume that it’s lunacy to stop my brain hurting?

vg 6:12 pm 31 Jul 06

Anyone conversant in jibberish?

J_Pavlovic 11:29 am 31 Jul 06

Well everyone this is the official Jeremy Pavlovic, After long interviews with federal police in brisbane to figure the situation of event that happened i would say the cars was travelling at high speeds, in the case im standing still and a car goes through a pedestrian crossing at 80klm its seems fast from where standing, but what i seen ill never forget, i have not one thing against police, for crying out loud i had my australian federal police application for employment in at the time and the only reason for being there was to see the lifestyle of canberra to come join the federal police, as much as it seems im trying to make a personal verbal attack on the federal police im not, the media ask what i had seen so i just told them what i seen, tho they didnt go into details of what happened like in some cases it didnt seem like it was for Clea, more a good way to take a shot at the federal police, but then again its the media for them there is no story like a bad story and a government to blame it on, personaly i didnt want any of this to happen Clea Rose is very close to my age and that hits home to the point you dont feel safe, she was probably out having a good night, and in an instant her life can be finished by a folish teenager thinking there cool driving a stolen car, its hard for me now to cross streets and its hard for me to be in even a taxi with a driver that want to drive fast, i keep picturing someone steping out, and its crazy but the sounds of a bad situation stay with you forever, i still remember the sounds of the car hitting her and the sirens and her breathing and crying, the breathing was like last breaths and the crying was so painful to see, a month or 2 ago i spoke to her father on the phone in was a interesting but painful phone call, he told me that the accident had effected another girl that was at the seen next to Clea so bad and that the girl was worken with a charatie fund for people that suffer from brain injuries caused by car accidents the mission called “Walk For a Rose” Walking or Jogging From Brisbane to Canberra he ask me if id like to be in it i said id love to cause it seem who ever the other girl was at the scene was from Brisbane aswell, I guess out of all of it ill take my steps in life carefully and watch wen i cross the street and ill never speed cause u never know what could happen in seconds, I send all my best prayers to the family and i think the police did the right thing cause they got the people that did it. Rip Clea Rose

Candy Priano 1:56 pm 27 Aug 05

Please check out this story written by a former peace officer: http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/All-pumped-up/2004/11/12/1100227581212.html†

I believe some of his comments mirror what happens in too many chases. As a victim of a pursuit who buried her innocent daughter, I don’t believe this officer’s story represents all in law enforcement, but I have read enough deadly pursuit stories where I know exactly what the police department’s PR people are going to say. There are other ways to catch these people w/o putting the innocent in harm’s way. Also, please check out http://www.kristieslaw.org. Thank you.

Thumper 4:13 pm 08 Aug 05

A friend of mine who used to work at a school in nearby the AWM knows of one of these little pricks.

Apparently he has a record as long as your arm, and some, and is a nasty, hopeless basket case who’s only redeeming feature is that one day he’ll die.

Maybe next time he gets he in front of the old beak he’ll actually be given a punishment that befits the crime.

And yet one somehow sadly doubts it.

bulldog 3:33 pm 08 Aug 05

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been on a bender in civic and not bothered looking before I cross that particular bit of real estate. I’ll take a moment next time though…

That being said, fault lies with the driver/s of the stolen vehicle and no one else.

Mr Evil 2:01 pm 08 Aug 05

There’s something to be said for checking for traffic before crossing the road!

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