this is one "Bungle" from the hoon squad over in Brisbane.
this is taking from Performance forums.
A MAGISTRATE has thrown out a speeding charge against a man who panicked when chased by an unmarked Turbocharged vehicle driven by out-of-uniform police whom he feared might harm him.
At no time during what defence barrister Greg Lynham described as a "bizarre" episode did the police, wearing Hawaiian shirts, identify themselves with lights, siren or other signals.
Raymond Hessler, 24, now from Brisbane but who was living in Annandale when the incident occurred in January, had made the rare defence of "emergency" and "an offence of compulsion" when he pleaded not guilty to a charge of speeding.
The Townsville Magistrates Court heard that two officers from the Brisbane-based Traffic Response Group (also known as the hoon squad because of its role in policing souped-up cars), Senior Constables Paul Hocken and Domenic Savoia, were on undercover duty checking on hoon activity on The Strand on January 18.
They were driving an unmarked Turbo-charged Holden Astra.
In evidence from both the witness box and commentary on a police video in the Astra, the officers decided to follow Hessler in his imported Nissan Skyline Turbo coupe because Sen-Constable Hocken said "drivers of this type of vehicle tend to race each other and experience suggests that other offences may take place".
On that basis, the police followed the Skyline for 25 minutes, from The Strand out to Annandale, with the police video suggesting that in the main no laws were broken.
When Hessler became aware of the police car, when he was about three minutes from his home, the police car followed him with lights on high beam as he turned into Hazelwood Court, Annandale, the cul-de-sac where he lived.
The court heard video commentary from Sen-Constable Hocken telling the driver to block the Skyline and not to let him past as it turned at the bottom of the street.
Hessler said that when the Astra swerved towards the Skyline, "I panicked, I was just scared, I wanted to get out of there.
"How was I to know they were police?"
He said he thought it could have been a stolen car and the occupants would not care if they crashed into him.
He said his car was often the target for thieves and he did not stop at his house because he did not want the men in the car to know where he lived.
The court heard this fact was borne out three months later when the Skyline was stolen.
Mr Hessler gunned the car up on the footpath and took off at speeds up to 125km/h, with the Astra chasing it through the Annandale streets, still without police lights or siren.
When Hessler eventually pulled over to the side of Oonoonba Road, Idalia, thinking he had lost his pursuer, the Astra suddenly appeared, pulling in front of him.
He said that even then, identification was not immediately offered.
Sen-Constable Hocken said the lights and siren had not been used because he did not want to spark a dangerous police pursuit.
After an examination of the car, the shaken driver was issued with notices that his car was too low and his exhaust too loud. It was the subsequent speeding charge that was opposed in court.
Magistrate Stephanie Tonkin agreed that Hessler's actions had been reasonable under the circumstances and found him not guilty.
A statement issued to the Townsville Bulletin yesterday by the Queensland Police media unit in Brisbane said the judgment would be looked at closely before any comment was made.
and aparently in wa there's been afew sightings of a red commodore pulling up to people at lights and reving their engine trying to get people to race them, only one of them in uniform (the driver). aparently people have tried taking it to court saying it's entrapment but aparently it dosnt apply.