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    Teen arrested as cops think steering wheel lock is a gun
    Article from: The Courier-Mail

    By Robyn Ironside

    April 13, 2009 04:30pm

    A YOUNG driver may receive an apology from police after being arrested and handcuffed because an officer believed his steering wheel lock was a gun.

    Chad Hastings, 18, of Zillmere on Brisbane's northside, was on his way to work early on Thursday morning when he was pulled over by police on Milton Rd in the inner-city.

    While a female officer breath-tested Mr Hastings, who has just moved to Queensland from Coffs Harbour, another officer checked his Nissan Skyline with a torch.

    He was then ordered to get out of the car and sit on the footpath while the officer demanded to know why there was a gun in the vehicle.

    "I said, 'What the hell? I have no idea what you're talking about'," Mr Hastings told the Courier-Mail.

    The policeman repeated the question before handcuffing the teenager and telling him he was under arrest.

    Mr Hastings tried to explain he had only recently moved to Brisbane from Coffs Harbour to play for the Redcliffe Dolphins' Colts rugby league team.

    "I said 'maybe someone put a gun in my car. It's an easy car to get into and I often don't lock it up and I stayed at a friend's place last night'," he said.

    Mr Hastings said the policeman then called for backup while he sat shaking on the footpath, wondering how a gun could be in his car.

    When two senior police arrived in an unmarked vehicle the situation was quickly resolved and the handcuffs removed from Mr Hastings.

    "As the officer walked away he said, 'Get a new steering wheel lock, it looks like a bloody gun'," he said.

    "I was absolutely gobsmacked. I said, 'Are you serious? All that for a steering lock?'"

    Mr Hastings said the officer then replied he was "a lucky boy".

    "He told me, 'Any other cop would have had you at gunpoint'."

    The part-time labourer said he was shaken and dazed by the incident but he had no plans to get a new steering wheel lock

    "If they'd opened the car and examined it more closely this whole thing could've been avoided," he said.

    "An apology would've been nice. He could've said, 'Sorry mate but we have to take extreme precautions'. It doesn't leave you with a very good impression."

    Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said the matter was under investigation and if the officer was found to have acted inappropriately, the police service would apologise.

    Mr Atkinson said the officers involved would be interviewed "and if we made a mistake and did the wrong thing, we'll apologise''.

    "It does seem the police believed there was a firearm in the vehicle. I don't think there's any argument with that,'' he said.

    "They may have decided to exercise caution, but all of those things are yet to be determined.
    Im sure a thorough flaming would be in order for this cop... i cant believe people like this represent Australia's police force.

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    Fair enough.

    If you thought some punk in a skyline was about to pull a gun on you, you would sure as shit tell the fucker to get out of the car and on his knees.
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    lame as, they didnt even look at it properly, and didnt apologize to him, just said, your lucky it wasnt another cop you would have had a gun to your head.

    probably a sign cops are going insane from standing on the side of roads all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konakid View Post
    Fair enough.

    If you thought some punk in a skyline was about to pull a gun on you, you would sure as shit tell the fucker to get out of the car and on his knees.


    yes, because people who drive around in a skyline generally pull a gun on police officers when being breath tested....

    if you re-read the article, you'll note he didnt point anything at the cop... infact the cop somehow confused a firearm with a steering wheel lock, and instantly (and publicly) arrested him, or in the case of what another cop might "have had you at gunpoint"

    its stupidity on all accounts.

    its just as if some cops fucking charged some random house, held all occupants at gunpoint and raided their laundry... "ooops, i thought this washing powder was herion... ill take those handcuffs off now."


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    Fucking cops....that's all I have to say!
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    When two senior police arrived in an unmarked vehicle the situation was quickly resolved and the handcuffs removed from Mr Hastings.
    I like how it took ANOTHER car full of cops to find out that it was just a steering wheel lock. I mean, surely the officer who arrested the guy in the first place would have actually made sure that it was/wasn't a firearm before calling in backup. It's like he's just gone "Hey that looks like a gun, I'll just arrest this guy, and call for back up rather than actually find out what it is first."

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    Definitely owes the dude an apology though for sure.
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    lol most cops are just little bitches who got picked on there whole life and becoming a cop was a way for them to get back at the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axentrik View Post
    lol most cops are just little bitches who got picked on there whole life and becoming a cop was a way for them to get back at the world.
    Be sure to say that to them when your car gets stolen and you're pleading for them to help you find it.

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    A lad a my new job said that a freind bought a house in the hills a couple of years ago..
    Came home to find the cops had raided the place, made a complete mess of his house and shed...
    When he finally found out why, it turns out the previous owner was listed on there drugs hit list for regular "check ups" and they hadn't recorded that the propery had changed hands...
    Nest day a bunch of plain ordinary cops showed up to clean up the mess the drug squad made...

    Nice to know our country is in such capable hands..

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