15 July 2021

Do you have footage of the car used in an alleged attack on police?

| Kim Treasure
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Police car and motorcycle

Officers were conducting a routine traffic stop near the National Arboretum when the incident happened. Photo: File.

ACT Policing is hoping to hear from anyone with dash-cam footage of a car used in the alleged attempted murder of three police officers near the National Arboretum last Sunday.

Police are seeking information regarding the movements of a green 1997 Ford Laser with registration YIF 54Y that hit the three police officers at about 2:50 pm on 11 July 2021.

Anyone who saw the vehicle, or whose dash-cam captured video of it, on the Tuggeranong Parkway, William Hovell Drive, Caswell Drive or Parkes Way between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm Sunday is being urged to contact police.

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Police are also seeking any dash-cam footage captured on the Tuggeranong Parkway between Cotter Road and Glenloch Interchange between 2:40 pm and 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Thomas Matthews, 30, of Hawker, has been arrested over the incident and charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of driving at police and one count of culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm.

The officers were conducting a routine traffic stop near the National Arboretum at the intersection of Forest and Lady Denman drives when Mr Matthews allegedly drove into them deliberately.

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An experienced officer, a male Detective Leading Senior Constable, was thrown onto the bonnet of the Laser and hit the windscreen before landing on the ground in front of it. The two female constables, who had graduated about four weeks ago, were also struck, and one was seriously injured.

Police are urging anyone who may have dash-cam footage or any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6846194. Information can be provided anonymously.

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