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Police Wrap – 2 August

By johnboy - 2 August 2009 28

1. 47, on the grog and on P’s:

    A 47-year-old Kambah woman with a provisional licence will be summonsed to court to face a drink-driving charge after she was apprehended by police driving in Greenway last night (Saturday, August 1).

    Around 10.50pm, General Duties police on patrol in Tuggeranong performed a traffic stop on a yellow Holden Commodore travelling on Reed Street in Greenway.

    The female driver returned a positive result to a roadside screening test for alcohol. She was then conveyed to Tuggeranong Police Station, where she subsequently recorded a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.240, or 12 times her permitted level.

    A provisional driver is only permitted a BAC of 0.02.

    ACTP Traffic Operations’ Sergeant Erin Pobar said that drivers should be well aware that police are patrolling Canberra’s roads at all hours of the night and day, and that any motorist may be subjected to a roadside screening test for alcohol at any time.

    “The message, as always, is simple,” Sgt Pobar said. “Don’t drink and drive because you will be caught.”

2. Shootout on Northbourne!

    AFP Professional Standards is investigating the discharge of a police firearm by an officer during an incident involving the attempted interception of a stolen car on Northbourne Avenue yesterday (July 31) around 5pm.

    The incident began when a purple Holden Commodore had been reported stolen around 3.20pm from a residence in Gungahlin.

    Police in an unmarked car identified the stolen car stopped in traffic at traffic lights at the corner of Northbourne Ave and Macarthur St around 5.05pm. The police car was in an adjacent lane to the stolen car.

    Police activated their emergency lights, left their vehicle, approached the stolen car on foot and identified themselves in an attempt to apprehend the two males in the car. The stolen vehicle has then reversed suddenly and collided with the car behind it. An officer then drew his firearm and gave repeated directions to the driver to stop.

    The stolen car has then swerved onto the median strip and struck the police officer.

    At this time, the police officer’s firearm discharged once. This matter is now the subject of an AFP Professional Standards investigation which is standard practice when any firearm is discharged. The police officer was not seriously injured and did not require medical treatment. No other persons were injured.

    Other police vehicles then pursued the stolen car for a short time to Westgarth St, O’Connor, where the driver abandoned the car and fled on foot. He is still sought by police.

    A 29-year-old Hawker man was stopped and questioned by police in a nearby street a short time later. He was arrested and charged with riding in a stolen vehicle without consent. He has been bailed to appear on a later date.

    AFP’s Professional Standards is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discharge of a firearm by an officer in the line of duty. Any persons who has any information in relation to the driver of the stolen vehicle or who witnessed the incident on Northbourne Ave and has not yet spoken to police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

If you can help police, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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Police Wrap – 2 August
Cletus 2 2:21 am 03 Aug 09

Well we don’t really know the situation either. But when the theif decided to start using the car as a weapon and hit the car behind, it seems like good reason to draw the weapon. The fact they did then run onto the median strip and hit the bloke reinforces that. What if they swerved another way and killed a kid (or anyone) walking across the lights or on the footpath? I’m sure the officer is relieved nobody has been killed, but if the driver was killed, it seems to me like it would probably have been justified.

(I don’t know anything much about the laws or the particular situation :))

caf 10:35 pm 02 Aug 09

Well for flap’s sake, if the cop can’t try to shoot the car trying to kill him, that is just bloody stupid.

Sure, but you do have to admit it’s a bit concerning to have guns fired in the middle of peak hour northbourne avenue traffic. Not sure he had any alternative though.

ant 10:15 pm 02 Aug 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Self-defense. The cop drew on us. We feared for their lives. It was him or us. The shot fired proves the officer was willing to use deadly force. Also, we had troubled childhoods.

Don’t give them ideas! You’ll hear this defence in court, guaranteed.

ant 10:14 pm 02 Aug 09

Well for flap’s sake, if the cop can’t try to shoot the car trying to kill him, that is just bloody stupid. When I worked in a bank, we had a revolver in the safe, but word was, all we could do was throw it at robbers as no one was allowed to shoot it. Some one tried to kill this guy with a 1 tonne metal machine, and he’s in the stink for firing his gun?

babyface 9:57 pm 02 Aug 09

Addison said :

shoulda shot the bloody car thief. one less crim to worry about.

why dont you take your dumb reactionary opinion over to america where they might appreciate it

Silentforce 8:37 pm 02 Aug 09

Now THAT’S the Cop that should have been pursuing the stolen car in London Circuit and East Row when…

DJ 8:30 pm 02 Aug 09

AndyC said :

He was arrested and charged with riding in a stolen vehicle without consent.

This inteerests me. Who’s consent needs to be given to ride in a stolen vehicle? I’m sure the gentleman arrested gave his consent to ride in the vehicle. And if it’s the owners consent that needs to be given to ride in their stolen vehicle, then I guess the vehicle isn’t stolen….

Ummm, the owner….

How is it not stolen?

AndyC 6:22 pm 02 Aug 09

He was arrested and charged with riding in a stolen vehicle without consent.

This inteerests me. Who’s consent needs to be given to ride in a stolen vehicle? I’m sure the gentleman arrested gave his consent to ride in the vehicle. And if it’s the owners consent that needs to be given to ride in their stolen vehicle, then I guess the vehicle isn’t stolen….

astrojax 5:55 pm 02 Aug 09

smeone assaulting me with a tonne or so of metal moving at a speed to possess a mass enough to kill a cow is gunna make me shoot at it too if i have a gun. sounds like movies come to life in canberra – sheesh. hope the goodly constable recovers speedily from any injury or trauma.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:51 pm 02 Aug 09

Our lives, even.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:50 pm 02 Aug 09

Self-defense. The cop drew on us. We feared for their lives. It was him or us. The shot fired proves the officer was willing to use deadly force. Also, we had troubled childhoods.

Primal 4:26 pm 02 Aug 09

Did he make sure to yell “It’s comin’ right for us!”?

Seriously though, glad the cop is OK. I don’t care how uninjured he was, I can’t blame him for pulling his weapon in that sort of situation.

Addison 4:02 pm 02 Aug 09

shoulda shot the bloody car thief. one less crim to worry about.

LlamaFrog 3:52 pm 02 Aug 09

or police could not carry guns. just saying, being hit by a car is a good excuse to fire a gun though.

Feebles 3:08 pm 02 Aug 09

Jeez I hope no action is taken against the police officer who discharged his weapon. What an awful situation for him to find himself in.

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