Police charge woman with 10 offences after police vehicle rammed at Lake Eacham

A 23-year-old Atherton woman has been charged with 10 offences after a police vehicle was allegedly rammed at Lake Eacham in the state’s Far North this morning (May 9).

Police will allege they attended a carpark at a Lake Barrine business around 8am after responding to calls from motorists regarding a vehicle being driven erratically up the Gillies Range.

Officers spoke to the female driver, who locked herself in the vehicle, however she failed to exit the car and sped off.

Police later located the vehicle on a closed section of Wrights Creek Road at Lake Eacham, with the car cornered against concrete bollards of a closed bridge around 8.40am.

Police will allege the driver tried to drive onto the bridge but was unable to do so due to the bollards before then reversing the car into the police 4WD, parked behind her.

Police approached the driver where it will be alleged she continued to drive her vehicle forward and backwards, towards the police car.

The driver refused to stop with police smashing the rear passenger window and presenting a taser. The female driver and sole occupant was taken into custody without incident.

She was denied police bail and remanded in custody to appear in the Mareeba Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with two counts of obstruct police and one count each of evade police, wilful damage, speeding, unlicensed and disqualified driving, fail to dispose of syringe, drive uninsured and unregistered vehicle, and display false registration plate.

No one was injured and the police 4WD sustained minor damage only thanks to a large bulbar.

Far North Queensland police would like to extend their appreciation to the public for their assistance in the matter.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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