‘Terrifying’ Canberra crash leaves police officers in hospital after routine traffic stop during training
Three police officers are in hospital after being run down in an alleged attempted murder incident in Canberra over the weekend.
The two constables and a detective leading senior constable had stopped a Toyota Aurion at Forest Drive and Lady Denman Drive intersection on Sunday afternoon when a Ford Laser veered off the road and hit them.
Two officers were thrown onto the bonnet of the car, while a third was run over and became trapped underneath.
They were rescued from underneath the vehicle soon after.
The 30-year-old male driver of the Ford was restrained by two officers before being arrested.
The man, who was on bail, was later charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of drive at police and one count of culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm.
He is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court today.
Deputy Chief Police Officer Commander Michael Chew said the two constables were new on the job and were being trained in traffic procedures.
“They remained calm and acted appropriately during what would have been a terrifying situation,” Chew said.
“I have nothing but praise for the actions of all three officers, who were able to arrest the man despite their injuries.
“I would also like to thank the driver of the Toyota Aurion who didn’t hesitate to assist our officers, along with two other members of the public, to move the vehicle that had trapped the officer.
“All three officers will receive welfare support and assistance during their recovery from their injuries.”
All three police officers were taken to hospital for treatment.