- "There you go. Amazing , absolutely amazing," Pusey said.
- Pusey, who had tested positive for multiple illicit drugs, is said to have fled the scene after he took some photos of the accident scene and posted on social media.
- The officer, Taylor, and three of her colleagues, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney, died at the scene.
A court in Australia has heard that a Porsche driver, who has a criminal record, had abused one of the policemen killed by a truck on Wednesday as they carried out their duties. The driver, Richard Pusey, had been stopped by police officers for over speeding. The Melbourne court was told that leading senior constable, Lynette Taylor, was heard calling for help when the accused driver went to where the police officer lay and started filming.
“There you go. Amazing , absolutely amazing,” Pusey said. “All I wanted was to go home and have my sushi and now you’ve [wrecked] my . . . car.” Constable Taylor’s body camera is alleged to have recorded Pusey saying that.
Pusey, who had tested positive for multiple illicit drugs, is said to have fled the scene after he took some photos of the accident scene and posted on social media. He has been charged with several offenses, including drug possession, failure to give assistance, dangerous driving, reckless conduct, endangering life, and destruction of evidence. However, he did not apply for bail when he appeared in court.
Victorian Police commissioner Graham Ashton said that two of the officers killed had intercepted a Porsche 911 that was driven at 140km/h. They then had a drug test on the driver, whose results turned positive. The two officers impounded the vehicle and called on two of the highway patrol officers to help.
A refrigerated truck then veered to the left and smashed into the four police officers and damaged Pusey’s Porsche. “The truck itself appears to have moved from one of the traffic lanes to in the freeway into the emergency lane at about 100km/h and slammed the rear of the highway patrol vehicle,” Ashton said.
The officer, Taylor, and three of her colleagues, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney, died at the scene. Ashton said it was a tragedy losing four officers in a single day in Victoria State. “It is still quite early in the investigation to describe exactly the movements of that vehicle,” Ashton added. Details on the deadly crash remain unclear even as the investigations continue.
The truck driver has been hospitalized but was under police guard. It is claimed that he had a medical episode, although it is not clear whether he had the episode before or after the accident. “We don’t know at this stage what has caused him to drive into our police officers,” the police commissioner said. Ashton revealed that the results of the drug and alcohol tests on the driver were ready but could not be released. The police officers also searched the truck driver’s home but did not reveal what the found.
The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said Wednesday night that he was heartbroken by the news. “My deepest sympathies go out to their families, fellow officers and friends at this terrible time,” he said in a tweet. The Victorian Police Minister, Lisa Neville, on her part, said the officers were Victorian heroes. Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews also hailed the officers as heroes.