Police seek identity of driver involved in RBT near miss

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ACT Policing is seeking to identify an offender who was involved in an alleged fail to stop incident in Gowrie on Saturday, 6 April 2019.

About 11.20pm, ACT Policing members were conducting Random Breath Tests (RBTs) on the side of Isabella Drive. Around this time, police directed a dark red/maroon Mazda 323 into the RBT lane on the side of the road.

When directed to enter the RBT lane, the driver allegedly accelerated towards a police officer standing near the road. The officer needed to jump out of the way to avoid being hit before the vehicle drove away at speed down Hambidge Crescent, Chisholm.

Police have since seized the vehicle, and are now looking to identify the driver.

Officer in Charge of Tuggeranong Police Station, Station Sergeant Greg O’Ryan said he was disappointed with the driver’s actions. 

“Endangering members of the public and endangering police simply because you don’t want to be subjected to a roadside breath screening is unacceptable and irresponsible behaviour,” Station Sergeant O’Ryan said.

“The police member involved is extremely lucky she wasn’t seriously injured due to the driver’s recklessness.

“Driving at police, failing to stop when directed by police – these are serious offences, and police are actively pursuing several lines of enquiry to identify the driver involved.”

Anyone who may have dash-cam footage or information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6382252. Information can be provided anonymously.

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