A Canberra man, out on bail, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, accused of deliberately running down police during a routine traffic stop near the Arboretum on Sunday afternoon.

Three officers were injured during the incident, a leading senior male officer suffered head and back injuries after being thrown onto a car.

A female officer suffered injuries after being thrown across a car and on to the ground.

A second female officer suffered a broken leg and will now need surgery after becoming pinned underneath the vehicle.

The two female officers were undergoing training during the traffic stop, having graduated from the academy just four weeks earlier.

All three are now at Canberra hospital being assessed and awaiting further treatment.

Deputy Chief Police Officer, Michael Chew said despite their injuries, the officers were still able to arrested the driver at the scene.


“They remained calm and acted appropriately during what would have been a terrifying situation and I have nothing but praise for the actions of all three officers, who were able to arrest the man at the scene.”

The Deputy Chief Police Officer also thanked members of the community who were there at the time and came to the aid of the injured officers.

“I would also like to thank the driver of the Toyota Aurion who didn’t hesitate to assist our officers, along with two other members of the public, to move the vehicle that had trapped the officer.”

Investigations into the incident remain ongoing while the officers involved will continue to receive welfare support and assistance during their recovery.