Police say a gold-colored Ford Falcon sedan pulled out of a side street in Bendigo, upstate, and began wheel skidding and burnouts around a police cruiser marked parked outside The Deck pub at 1.30am this morning.
“[It] continued for a short period of time and it drew a crowd from an authorized local nearby and certainly placed not only the violators in the car, but members of the police and the wider community and those patrons, at a significant risk,” Acting Superintendent Troy Hargadon said. .
A Mexican flag flew from the car window as the watching crowd yelled in support of what police say was a reckless stunt.
“To see it in a conurbation like that, plus in front of the police that won’t stop, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” The Deck director Frankie Lagana told 9News.
“I wasn’t focusing on what was going on, it was more just the crowds on the sidewalks and making sure no one got hurt.”
Hargadon says there was “minor damage to the police vehicle”.
Amid the smoke from the burnouts, police say the sedan clipped the front of the police cruiser.
“It could very well have been a person or a member of the public who was seriously injured as a result of this dangerous and unacceptable behavior,” Hargadon said.
Sparks flew after the collision, then the suspected perpetrators fled.
Police said they identified three people of interest in connection with the incident and confirmed those in the car were Bendigo-area residents in their 20s.
The incident comes as police crack down on “goofy behavior” linked to youths and street gangs across the state.