The Adelaide District Court has heard how a pastry chef who ran over a police officer’s leg at a random breath test stop on New Year’s Day 2019 panicked, because his license had expired.
- 24-year-old Aman Quensier dragged a police officers leg as he fled an RBT on New Years Day 2019
- The Adelaide District Court heard he panicked when he realised he was unlicenced
- The court also heard he was in breach of a good behaviour bond related to another driving matter
Aman Quensier, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated cause serious harm in January this year.
On New Year’s Day last year, Mr Quensier, then aged 22, failed to stop for a breath test on Henley Beach Road at Mile End in Adelaide’s west.
In video released to the District Court today, Senior Constable Samuel Petts is seen reaching into Mr Quensier’s car to try and take away keys, but he’s then dragged by his leg as the vehicle accelerates.
Senior Constable Samuel Petts suffered serious leg injuries as a result.
A victim impact statement was read to the court during sentencing submissions today.
“Since the assault, I have had a reoccurring dream where I was hooked up by the car as it drives over me and dragged along the road being torn to shreds by the bitumen,” Mr Petts said.
“This incident has left me questioning my career and considering quitting the police as I feel these types of incidents are increasing and police are simply not supported.”
Prosecutor Kelly Smith argued deterrence was important given recent events involving officers.
“Given recent tragic events involving police officers going about their duty policing the roads… it is important to bring home to all road users the need to respect police officers.”
Driver ‘panicked’ over licence, breach of good behaviour bond
The court heard Mr Quensier’s license was expired and he panicked because he was in breach of a good behaviour bond attached to another driving matter from 2017.
Defence lawyer Craig Caldicott told the court his client is a hard worker who panicked on the night in question, and said Mr Quensier didn’t realise he had hit an officer until the next day.
“As he pulled into the RBT station it immediately flashed before his eyes that he didn’t have a licence.
“He panicked because he realised he was still on a suspended sentence bond.”
Mr Quensier will be sentenced in the District Court on Friday.