Driver swerves to hit policeman

POLICE are hunting a driver who swerved his car to hit a police motorcycle to avoid being intercepted in Newtown yesterday.

Toowoomba Police District acting inspector Jim McDonald said the police officer was riding in Rome St when he discovered the Holden Commodore he was following was unregistered and uninsured.

The officer activated his siren lights to intercept the car which slowed down as it approached the intersection of Clairmont St.

Act. Insp. McDonald said the car drove slowly through the stop sign and it appeared it was going to stop.

However, the driver swerved violently to the right causing the rear of the car to crash into the police bike at 10.13am.

The police officer was knocked off the bike while the car accelerated away.

Police found the car abandoned at St Ursula’s College in Warra St five minutes later.

A number of people had been observed in the car earlier.

Officers searched the car and located prescription medication with a name on it.

Act. Insp. McDonald said the police officer was not injured.

The car was towed from the scene and police are investigating.

Multiple police crews attended the incident.

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