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Police Wrap – 8 April

By johnboy 8 April 2009 27

1. Facefit for the Civic sexual assault:

    ACT Policing has released a facefit of a male offender involved in the sexual assault of a 20-year-old victim in a Civic car park around 12.30am on Sunday (April 5).

    The victim was attacked whilst leaving her vehicle in a London Circuit car park after having driven to the city. The offender held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her if she sought help.

    The offender is described as male, approximately 6’ (183cm) tall, late 20s, European in appearance, with a muscular build, dark eyes, a large nose, a mostly shaved head with a curly pony-tail which was light brown or blonde in colour. He is also described as having a “tribal” style tattoo around his left upper arm and wearing black track pants with white stripes down the side, a black t-shirt and white sneakers.

    The victim was able to escape from the offender and run into the City centre. She later reported the incident to police at Woden station.

2. Silly younger drivers lucky to be alive:

    Three Canberra teenagers were fortunate to escape serious harm after the vehicle in which they were travelling left the roadway and became airborne, only coming to rest after being wedged between two trees.

    The incident occurred about 1.45pm on Monday (April 6) in Wanniassa after the vehicle, driven by an 18-year-old male, swerved off the southbound lanes of Taverner Street, near Laurens Street.

    The vehicle plunged off the road and into a pedestrian underpass below, landing on a rock embankment. It then continued up the embankment before becoming wedged between two trees and knocking over a third.

    The ACT Policing Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. Officers from ACT Ambulance and ACT Fire Brigade also attended.

    All three occupants of the vehicle were taken to The Canberra Hospital suffering minor injuries.

    Initial police investigations have revealed that the driver was allegedly swerving the vehicle side to side on purpose moments before the collision, causing him to lose control.

    A/Superintendent Traffic Operations Daryl Neit says this incident highlights the real and serious dangers associated with skylarking whilst in control of a vehicle, and how stupidity can be just as dangerous as drink-driving or speeding.

    “This incident could have very easily led to the death of not one but three young people, not to mention the danger it put pedestrians in. The footpath along that road is a major thoroughfare that leads to a number of schools, therefore it is regularly used by children”, A/Supt Neit said.

    “All parents of driving-age children should use this incident as an opportunity to talk to their child and to highlight the potentially fatal consequences of displaying shear stupidity whilst in charge of a motor vehicle”, he said.

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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While a 1.3 swift feels quick when your young, it still isn’t really that quick. Adding a power to weight is definitely another option.

At least if kids jump on motorbikes it will be themselves and not their mates or (usually) other road users getting killed.

Danman 10:03 am 09 Apr 09

Have a simple rule: P platers must drive a vehicle which is 1600cc or less

I had a 1.3L Swift that could do a pretty good quarter – I think it should be a power/weight ratio restriction – not a HP restriction.

I could imagine that if they outlawed high HP vehicles, all the kids will just jump on a 2 stroke RGV250 and start killing people that way. Nasty powerband on them things.

old canberran 9:51 am 09 Apr 09

I had a chat with a young P plater in the car park of our local shops yesterday. His car was a turbo charged V6 Commodore. My reason for talking to him was to find out where he got such a beast. Home made was the answer. It even had an air scoop in the bonnet and appropriate badging. He said he was sick of V6’s and was going to upgrade to V8’s next.
I can understand P platers really needing that type of car to get around at 90kmh.
Maybe he was a good driver, who knows?

Madame Workalot 9:17 am 09 Apr 09

I’m normally one of the first to stand up for p-platers because I was one of those who behaved relatively well as a young driver. However I have to say I was incredibly disappointed that on my 60km drive to work this morning, I was overtaken by 5 red p-platers (both NSW and ACT plates). It’s double demerits and I was sitting spot-on 100kph when I was overtaken by the first two, and sitting on 80kph when I was overtaken by the next three. They didn’t just pass me by, they flew by.

Stuff you young people – you won’t be getting any support from me in the future.

We need to restrict the power of vehicles young people can access. As I said in another thread, if I had my current car as a teen, I probably wouldn’t be here now.

Have a simple rule: P platers must drive a vehicle which is 1600cc or less, non turbo/super charged.

It won’t remove the problem altogether, but I reckon it will help.

Granny 1:53 am 09 Apr 09

On another topic, the nose doesn’t look at all big in that Facefit ….

Granny 1:46 am 09 Apr 09

I think my thoughts would have gone …

“Oh! This is a bit scary. I wish he wouldn’t drive all over the road like that. Still, he is cute! Bloomin’ blinkin’ blimey! We’re going to hit the fence! Holy airborne automobile, Batman! Why is the world in slow motion? Ooh, my life’s flashing …. How rude! But kind of cool. I remember that bit … hehe! Crikey dick! Who put those trees in the way? BLAM SCREECH CRUNCH Am I alive? Oh, good! $hit! … $hit! $hit! $hit! F#ck!”

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