Female speed camera operator allegedly assaulted

  • Staff reporters
  • April 28, 2009 - 8:46AM

A 39-year-old man has been charged with allegedly assaulting a female speed camera operator before ramming two police cars yesterday afternoon.
Police say the assault occured about 12.35pm, when a 53-year-old officer was setting up a speed camera at the intersection of Albany Highway and Springfield Road in Bedfordale.
Police say the officer was then approached by the High Wycombe man, who complained that his car had been photographed, before he assaulted her and threw her to the ground.
As passers-by arrived at the scene to help the woman, the man left the area in his car and was followed by police along Albany Highway.
Despite police attempts to pull the car over and speak to the driver, he continued driving.
At Streich Avenue in Kelmscott, the man allegedly rammed two police vehicles and struggled with police before he was finally arrested.
Police also suspect that moments before he attacked the speed camera operator, the man tailgated and nudged a man and woman in a Hyundai Getz as they drove along Albany Highway in Bedfordale.
After stopping and alighting from their car, the man made threats towards them before driving off.
He has been charged with a range of offences including two counts of assaulting a public officer, five counts of assault with intent to prevent arrest, one count of endangering the life, health and safety of a person, making threats to kill, obstructing a public officer and dangerous driving.
He will appear in Armadale Magistrates Court today.