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Canberra Today 12°/16° | Saturday, September 25, 2021 | Digital Edition | Crossword & Sudoku

Roads close to investigate ‘attempted murders’

POLICE closed roads around Lady Denman Drive today (July 22) to investigate the incident where a driver allegedly ran down three police officers on July 11. 

The off-ramps leading to Lady Denman Drive from both the north and south bound lanes of the Tuggeranong Parkway and other roads around that location were closed for short periods from midday.

Specialist technical investigators conducted measurements and scanning of the scene to assist in the investigation.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area between noon and 2pm and to slow down when passing police vehicles that have their lights activated

ACT Policing apologised for any inconvenience caused by these temporary road closures.

A man has since been charged with three counts of attempted murder in relation to the incident on July 11 when three officers — two which were new to ACT policing — had stopped a car at the Forest Drive and Lady Denman Drive intersection when the driver of a Ford laser allegedly drove directly at the officers.

A detective leading senior constable from road policing was thrown onto the bonnet of the Laser, striking the windscreen before landing on the ground in front of the vehicle. A constable was also thrown onto the bonnet of the vehicle before landing on the ground and a second constable was run over and became trapped under the vehicle.

The driver of the Ford Laser, a 30-year-old Hawker man, exited his vehicle where he was restrained by two of the officers.

All officers were taken to hospital — one officer suffered a broken leg, one a back injury and another a shoulder injury.

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