This is just crazy. Ordering civilians to use their own cars to set up a roadblock? And the first car hit had children in it?
David Rendina said police told him to pull into the emergency lane near the Epping exit of the Hume Highway as they commandeered cars on Saturday morning. Mr Rendina, who was travelling with his partner and children, aged eight and nine, said drivers were told to fill all the freeway lanes.
''I pretty much knew I was a sitting duck,'' he told ABC radio 774. ''I just remember seeing him speeding towards me and going, 'Well, there's nothing I can do here, I just have to sit here'.''
The speeding driver smashed into the electrician's car and several others as he tried to avoid the roadblock.
''Anything could have happened,'' he said, adding that he did not think that it was worth putting the lives of his children at risk to stop a stolen car.
He was unable to drive his utility afterwards and his children had nightmares.
The police said drivers would be compensated for damages and have counseling available...
Just insane... and the gut with the kids didn't refuse?
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edit on 16-5-2012 by zorgon because: (no reason given)