Motorist who drove at police due in court

UPDATE: A motorist accused of trying to run down two police officers is due to front Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Police will allege the officers were crossing Larsen St at Leichhardt on Sunday, on their way to a domestic violence complaint, when a car was driven at them at speed. Both officers had to run out of the vehicle's path to avoid being hit.

A 31-year-old man is charged with committing acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop.

EARLIER: Police have charged an Ipswich man with two counts of intending to cause grievous bodily harm after he allegedly tried to run down two officers in his car.

Just after 12.30am Sunday morning, police attended a Larsen St, Leichhardt house in relation to a domestic violence report.

It will be alleged that as two police officers were crossing the road to go into the home, they heard a car engine revving.

The car then accelerated towards the pair and mounted the gutter.

Both officers had to run out of the vehicle's path to avoid being hit.

Police say the car continued along the footpath at high speed before driving back onto the road and heading towards Toongarra Rd, before turning back towards officers.

The driver allegedly refused to stop and a brief pursuit was authorised, however, due to the alleged dangerous manner of the suspect's driving, police terminated the pursuit.

A 31-year-old Leichhardt man was taken into custody a short time later.

He has been charged with two counts of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fail to stop motor vehicle.

He is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 4.


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