Grazier faces court on ramming
A GRAZIER has been charged this week after an alleged 'car ramming' incident in Stanthorpe.
Stanthorpe police said they received a triple-0 call from a 27-year-old Warwick man last week who was looking for assistance, claiming a 55-year-old man had pursued him towards Stanthorpe, ramming his utility vehicle a number of times before police intervened.
I is alleged the incident happened after the 55-year-old man, a Glenlyon grazier, noticed lights on the road and heard several gunshots.
After he went to investigate the incident there was said to be an altercation and an alleged chase took place.
Sergeant Ireland said there had been illegal hunting in the area recently and that may have sparked the alleged chase.
"We've had a fair bit of drama with illegal shooting on people's property," he said.
"People have been shooting deer and pigs from the road.
"Sometimes they let their pig dogs chase the animals onto people's properties.
"In the past we've had people put their dogs onto sheep in farmers' paddocks.
"On this occasion one of the graziers saw a light then heard a couple of shots coming from the road.
"He went to investigate and that's when the two vehicles came together."
As a result of the incident the 27-year-old Warwick man, the driver of the second vehicle involved, was taken to Stanthorpe Hospital for observation.
Police charged the Glenlyon man earlier this week with one charge of dangerous driving of a motor vehicle.
He will appear in Stanthorpe Court in October.
Sergeant Ireland said that, on inspection of the 27-year-old's vehicle, police found several dead deer and weapons, although neither was confiscated.
"The man is a licensed shooter," he said.
"At the time police were more concerned with getting the man to hospital.
"There was no evidence to suggest that the deer were shot from the road."
Investigations into the incident continue.