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Queensland man rams a world of trouble at the US Embassy

By johnboy - 11 July 2013 22

ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 30-year-old Queensland man in relation to a collision into the front gates at the US Embassy in Yarralumla yesterday (Wednesday, July 10).

About 5.55pm ACT Policing attended the location to find the car lodged in the gates of the embassy. The man was uninjured.

As a precaution the ACT Policing Bomb Response Team attended and did a check of the vehicle. Nothing of a suspicious nature was located.

The 30-year-old man has been charged with damage premises of internationally protected person and will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Queensland man rams a world of trouble at the US Embassy
dungfungus 4:37 pm 11 Jul 13

magiccar9 said :

Erg0 said :

magiccar9 said :

The driver is clearly a bewildered – and bad driving – tourist not a terrorist ffs. What a world we now live in…

According to ABC news, he checked himself out of a mental health facility a few hours earlier. So not a tourist, no.

OK fair enough – based my assumption on the much mentioned QLD plates. I stand corrected.

Queensland is a mental health facility.
I think the guy who drove his Pajero into the Great Hall at Parliament House about 20 years ago was a banana bender also.

IrishPete 4:26 pm 11 Jul 13

Canberra attracts a fair bit of “mental health” tourism, what with people being paranoid about the government, ASIO (both based here) and the USA (whose embassy is here). And sometimes they come here to try to meet the Prime Minister to talk about their great invention, or to seek his/her intervention in an imaginary financial dispute with someone.

And that’s without mentioning the High Court and Family Court.

IP

magiccar9 3:15 pm 11 Jul 13

Erg0 said :

magiccar9 said :

The driver is clearly a bewildered – and bad driving – tourist not a terrorist ffs. What a world we now live in…

According to ABC news, he checked himself out of a mental health facility a few hours earlier. So not a tourist, no.

OK fair enough – based my assumption on the much mentioned QLD plates. I stand corrected.

nsn 1:48 pm 11 Jul 13

damien haas said :

DRIVE N TXT U B NXT

Well played!

Ben_Dover 1:35 pm 11 Jul 13

Had an interesting encounter at the Yank Embassy. I was filming around and about Canberra to show me dear old mum back in Blighty where I live. I thought I’d shoot some of the embassies for their interesting architecture.

Guess which was the only one I was prevented from filming? Yup, the bastion of the free world, was scared of me mother.

I asked the cop why I had to stop recording, as no other embassy had objected.

“Well you know, they’ve had problems with terrorists’ over there.”

I pointed out that we in Blighty had had years sustained terrorism, pub bombings and Embassies sieges, some, most even, of which was funded by the Yanks, and we weren’t that shy.

“Ah well, you have to remember that some nations are more paranoid than others…”

damien haas 1:29 pm 11 Jul 13

DRIVE N TXT U B NXT

Erg0 1:04 pm 11 Jul 13

magiccar9 said :

The driver is clearly a bewildered – and bad driving – tourist not a terrorist ffs. What a world we now live in…

According to ABC news, he checked himself out of a mental health facility a few hours earlier. So not a tourist, no.

General 12:59 pm 11 Jul 13

magiccar9 said :

I honestly feel sorry for this guy. For what should have been a simple neg driving traffic infringement, he’s now being charged with a much heftier crime.
And while we’re here, did we really need the overreaction from the Feds? Was there the slightest suspicion to warrant the bomb robot? Or did they just feel like getting it out for a drive…
The driver is clearly a bewildered – and bad driving – tourist not a terrorist ffs. What a world we now live in…

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-11/mental-health-assessment-for-us-embassy-driver/4813776

I’m pretty sure his actions aren’t negligent. That reads like it was deliberate to me. The photo alone implies it was a straight up attempt to ram those gates. Unfortunately we do live in an age where more precautions are needed.

magiccar9 12:39 pm 11 Jul 13

I honestly feel sorry for this guy. For what should have been a simple neg driving traffic infringement, he’s now being charged with a much heftier crime.
And while we’re here, did we really need the overreaction from the Feds? Was there the slightest suspicion to warrant the bomb robot? Or did they just feel like getting it out for a drive…
The driver is clearly a bewildered – and bad driving – tourist not a terrorist ffs. What a world we now live in…

kittenlicks 12:33 pm 11 Jul 13

Primal said :

Postalgeek said :

Well, I’m going to say spotto, even without a photo.

Depends. Do fluoro yellow fire trucks really count?

And why does the ACT have fluro yellow fire trucks where elsewhere in Oz they seem to be red??

Primal 12:07 pm 11 Jul 13

Postalgeek said :

Well, I’m going to say spotto, even without a photo.

Depends. Do fluoro yellow fire trucks really count?

p1 11:40 am 11 Jul 13

Surprised the ‘Murcans didn’t shoot him, or at least pre-emptively detonate his car.

dungfungus 11:21 am 11 Jul 13

Poor guy probably a tourist looking for the drive thru entrance after he mistook the embassy for a Maccas burger restaurant.

schmeah 9:48 am 11 Jul 13

So how long exactly until the US brands this a “terrorist attack on freedom loving people” … blah blah

Postalgeek 9:13 am 11 Jul 13

Well, I’m going to say spotto, even without a photo.

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