STUNNED police have condemned the actions of a group of youths caught planking on the roof of a vehicle as it drove through the Toowoomba CBD.
Planking, a phenomenon where people lie face down in conspicuous locations, has been thrust into the national media spotlight after a Brisbane man fell seven storeys to his death while attempting to plank on a balcony.
Also, a 20-year-old man from Inverell in New South Wales, is currently in an induced coma after planking on a moving car on Monday night.
Multiple calls were made to Toowoomba police after a white Toyota Corolla was seen to have three youths laying on its roof while driving south along Hume St shortly after 10pm Tuesday.
Toowoomba police shift supervisor Acting Sergeant Kevin McDonald said the vehicle continued on to Chalk Dr, turning left on to Ruthven St before heading east along Margaret St and then south along Hume St.
“CCTV confirmed people were on the roof as it drove up Margaret St on to Hume,” Act Sgt McDonald said.
Police caught up with the vehicle near Millers Fruit Barn on Hume St, when two of the occupants fled and two remained.
The 20-year-old female driver was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle as well as urinating in public, for answering nature's call in the gutter at the intersection of Hume and Herries Sts.
Three men, aged in their early 20s, were charged with causing a public nuisance for riding on the outside of the vehicle.
Toowoomba District Acting Inspector Jim Fenton said his reaction was one of disbelief.
“We would question their level of intelligence and due regard to self-preservation,” Act Insp Fenton said.
The 20-year-old driver is due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on June 16.
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