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Christopher Hurley guilty of dangerous driving during Pacific Pines car chase
Alexandria Utting, Gold Coast Bulletin

UPDATE: Former Gold Coast cop Chris Hurley has been found guilty of two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle at Pacific Pines in 2015.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove fined him a total of $800 and recorded no conviction after Hurley was found guilty of driving dangerously on the wrong side of the road and ramming a car during the pursuit of two fugitives in Pacific Pines in May two years ago.

In sentencing in the Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon, Mr Cosgrove assured Hurley he had not been influenced by media reports and the former officer’s reputation in Queensland.

“One (would) have to have lived under a rock in the state of Queensland to not know you have a reputation,” he said.

Mr Cosgrove asked Hurley to accept that he had not been influenced by media reports in sentencing.

“I hope you accept that,” he added.

EARLIER: CONTROVERSIAL former cop Chris Hurley has elected not to give or call evidence in his trial over an alleged dangerous police chase at Pacific Pines in 2015.

Hurley pleaded not guilty to two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle arising out of the pursuit of two fugitives in May, two years ago.

Sarah Boyd and Joel Gillard, who were later found to be in the 4WD being chased by police, pleaded guilty to robbing a taxi driver with a tomahawk some 19 hours before the pursuit.

The senior sergeant who medically retired from the service this year is alleged to have ignored a direction to pull back during the chase and allegedly performed an illegal PIT manoeuvre on the vehicle when it was travelling at low speed.

The court this morning heard Hurley would not take the stand and give evidence.

The prosecution will close their case this afternoon and Hurley’s defence are expected to make several submissions.

DURING THE TRIAL: FORMER cop Chris Hurley initially told police to stop the pursuit of a Bonnie-and-Clyde crime duo that landed him in court, a witness has revealed.

A police communications officer yesterday told the Southport Magistrates Court Hurley ordered the chase of two fugitives in a 4WD to be abandoned.

Hurley, the Southern District Duty Officer (DDO) at the time of the incident, was not involved in the chase, but later joined after a call from communications officer Senior Constable Heidi Kearns.

“Abandon, abandon, abandon from the DDO,” Ms Kearns relayed to crews, the court was told.

However, the pursuit continued and road spikes deployed. The chase included Hurley’s car allegedly performing a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), which caused the 4WD to turn sideways and stop.

Former Senior Sergeant Hurley is contesting two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle relating to his alleged behaviour during a high-speed chase on May 17, 2015 at Pacific Pines. His trial is expected to run for three days.

The court heard Ms Kearns initially phoned Hurley “so she could establish what was happening” because the crews on the road were not communicating.

However, the prosecution alleged Hurley was later ordered to stop pursuing the 4WD but ignored the direction.

He is accused of colliding with the 4WD despite a second radio message from a DDO telling police to “drop back”, the court heard. It is not known who gave the order.

The 4WD was travelling about “30-40km” at the time Hurley’s car collided with it, it is alleged.

The court heard five police cars were involved in the pursuit. While police didn’t know it at the time, the 4WD contained Sarah Boyd and Joel Gillard who had bashed and robbed a taxi driver with a tomahawk and held up a service station.

They later pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court to the crime spree that saw them drive the wrong way up several major Gold Coast roads including the Smith St Motorway.

Barry Wellington, who was in the car with Hurley at the time of the pursuit, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was committed to stand trial in the Southport District Court in April.

Hurley medically retired from the Queensland Police Service this year.

The hearing continues today.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/christopher-hurley-fights-charges-after-pacific-pines-car-chase/news-story/e5390208c6480b14fa6713179d973225
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