Four cops hit by allegedly stolen truck

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll visiting injured police officer Senior Constable Steven Ingerson in hospital. Picture: Queensland Police
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll visiting injured police officer Senior Constable Steven Ingerson in hospital. Picture: Queensland Police

Two police officers who were seriously injured after they were struck by an allegedly stolen truck have thanked the public for their support as they recover in hospital.

Four police officers were left injured, two seriously, after an allegedly stolen truck rammed their cars, west of Brisbane, on Wednesday.

Detective Senior Constable Mark Penberthy and Senior Constable Steven Ingerson were trying to arrest the driver of the truck along Goombungee Meringandan Rd, Meringandan, north of Toowoomba.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll visiting injured police officer Senior Constable Steven Ingerson in hospital. Picture: Queensland Police
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll visiting injured police officer Senior Constable Steven Ingerson in hospital. Picture: Queensland Police

As the two officers approached the truck, the 45-year-old man allegedly drove at the two police officers and their car before leaving the scene.

The two officers were left seriously injured.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter flew Constable Ingerson, 54, to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

He was treated for serious injuries to his leg and possible internal injuries.

Two police officers remain in hospital after being injured during the incident on Wednesday. Picture: 7 News
Two police officers remain in hospital after being injured during the incident on Wednesday. Picture: 7 News

“I wish to say a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Meringandan Produce and other members of the public who came to our aid at the scene on Wednesday afternoon,” Constable Ingerson said on Friday.

“I especially wish to thank LifeFlight and their incredible, dedicated team who provided me with the best care. And to the medical staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, who have been above amazing.

“I want to particularly thank my police mates for their visits and messages of support.

“And I am grateful to have received so many well wishes from people across the community; it’s been quite humbling.”

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll speaks with Senior Constable Steven Ingerson about his recovery. Picture: Queensland Police
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll speaks with Senior Constable Steven Ingerson about his recovery. Picture: Queensland Police

Meanwhile, Constable Penberthy, 56, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in Toowoomba for treatment.

He said he was also very grateful for receiving “so much support and well wishes from not only friends, family and colleagues, but also members of our community”.

“I wish to particularly thank the Queensland Ambulance Service officers; John, Kelly and Scottie, who assisted me at the scene,” Constable Penberthy said.

Detective Senior Constable Mark Penberthy thanked the community for its support. Picture: Queensland Police Service
Detective Senior Constable Mark Penberthy thanked the community for its support. Picture: Queensland Police Service

“I sincerely thank those members of the public who assisted us that afternoon.

“I also want to thank the medical staff of Saint Vincent’s Hospital, who do an incredible job.”

Superintendent Douglas McDonald said both officers worked at the Toowoomba Property Crime Squad and had been investigating reports of stolen trucks at Oakey earlier on Wednesday.

Superintendent Douglas McDonald says four officers were injured during the ordeal. Picture: 7 News
Superintendent Douglas McDonald says four officers were injured during the ordeal. Picture: 7 News

After the 45-year-old driver of the truck drove off from the scene, he then allegedly hit another two police cars and came to a stop on Paradise Rd, Goombungee.

Superintendent McDonald said two police officers suffered minor injuries caused by the airbags in both cars being deployed during the ramming.

The 45-year-old man was arrested at the scene and has since been charged.