Canberra man accused of knocking down ACT cops to fight attempted murder charges
A man accused of hitting three police officers with his car near the Canberra National Arboretum last month is expected to fight attempted murder charges against him.
- Thomas Matthews faces three counts of attempted murder, three counts of driving with a police officer and one count of misconduct causing grievous bodily harm
- Three policemen were injured when struck by the car, leaving one trapped under the vehicle
- Mr Matthews’ lawyer has indicated he will not plead guilty on the majority of charges against him
On July 11, Thomas Matthews, 30, was arrested by one of the injured police officers as members of the public worked to free another from under the car.
Officers were conducting a roadside check with another driver when Mr. Matthews allegedly hit them.
Mr. Matthews was charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of conduct against a police officer and of misconduct causing grievous bodily harm.
Mr. Matthews has been in custody since the incident.
Today he appeared in ACT Magistrate’s Court via a telephone link to Canberra Prison.
His lawyer said he would plead not guilty to most of the charges, but did not indicate a plea to the culpable conduct count.
Police told court that two of the officers were thrown over the hood of the car, before landing on the ground.
A third officer was run over and got trapped under the vehicle.
Two of the officers had just graduated from the training school and were supervised by a third.
Matthews will be back in court in October.