Truck driver allegedly 'drove at police' after border disagreement

Queensland Police have revealed an incoming truck driver attempted to drive at border officers after an altercation at the NSW border.

Truck driver allegedly 'drove at police' after border disagreement

A truck driver allegedly attempted to drive at police after an altercation at the New South Wales border yesterday.

The 43-year-old driver attempted to cross the border into Queensland near Wallangalla where he failed to produce correct documentation, police said.

The driver then allegedly became abusive towards police and struck his truck before being told he would be turned back to NSW and an infringement notice issued. 

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He then proceeded to perform a U-turn at the border, where he allegedly almost hit the intercepting officer while driving away at speed. 

Police tracked the man's truck to a NSW service station, where they said he again refused to co-operate and instead threw items at officers.

Police then helped the driver complete a new Queensland border pass before allowing him into the state. 

The man has been issued with one Fail to Comply – Covid 19 Border Direction, and three traffic infringement notices for fail to produce a driver's license, fail to wear seatbelt and conducting a U-Turn over a single or double white line.

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Despite the serious incident, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said overall compliance with freight drivers is "improving after 133 heavy vehicles were intercepted on Wednesday.

Mr Gollschewski said an initial 36 per cent non-compliance rate among freight drivers had dropped to 13 per cent in recent days.

"Whilst it is improving, some are still not doing the right thing," Mr Gollschewski said.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski also revealed that despite the "concerning incident", that heavy vehicle compliance had improved drastically over the past week.

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"We need people to co-operate with police when they're doing their job, not make it more difficult for them."

The tightened driver crackdown was triggered by Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young reintroducing measures following the spread of local COVID-19 cases from three Sydney based removalists.

"It's important that that requirement is immediately back in place so that any freight driver who arrives in Queensland from any declared hotspot, which is today all of Victoria and greater Sydney," Dr Young said earlier this week.

"I know the freight industry will work with us again to keep Queenslanders safe as we go forward."

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