Call For Police Chase Review After Young Officer Injured
A police officer seriously injured in the line of duty has sparked renewed calls for national police chase rules.
Constable Peter McAulay, 24, was hit when police attempted to intercept the car at Booval in Ipswich about 5am on Thursday.
He had just placed tyre spikes on a road to stop the car when he was struck.
He remains in an induced coma in the intensive care unit of Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital after surgery for a serious head injury.
A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were both charged with one count each of attempted murder and unlawful use of a motor vehicle over the incident.
Cabinet minister and former Queensland police officer Peter Dutton believes its time for a national approach to chase rules.
"We do need to look afresh, I think, at the chase laws allowing people to get into stolen cars knowing that they are not going to be pursued," the home affairs minister told the Nine Network on Friday.
Queensland Police Union President Ian Leavers is calling for remote vehicle immobilisers to become mandatory in new cars.
The devices allow police to remotely turn off the engine of a car involved in a pursuit, which Mr Leavers says would have avoided situations like the one that injured Constable McAulay.
"In 10 years time there will never be a need for a police pursuit because we can stop stolen cars in their tracks and ensure safety for the community," he told Channel Seven.
Mr Dutton said he supported the calls for engine immobilisers.
Commissioner Ian Stewart said the Queensland Police Service was hoping for a good outcome for Const McAuley ahead of Friday's remembrance day services honouring officers killed in the line of duty across the country
"It is a time where we pay tribute to those who pay the ultimate sacrifice and we're just hoping and praying that Pete will never pay that sacrifice and he makes a full recovery, " Commissioner Stewart told Channel Seven.
He said the case also highlighted the need to put more diversion programs in place to stop teenagers turning to crime.