Porsche driver Richard Pusey rushed to hospital after rooftop stand-off with police who raided his home – as he awaits trial for filming dying police officers following freeway crash
- On Sunday at 11.30pm, police were called to Richard Pusey’s home in Fitzroy
- Neighbours reported hearing yelling and the sound of windows being smashed
- The Critical Incident Response Team had to force their way in into the home
- Officers found Pusey on the roof, and negotiated with him until he surrendered
- Pusey allegedly filmed a dying officer after being pulled over on the highway
The Porsche driver accused of taunting a dying cop after a horrific crash that killed four officers has been rushed to hospital after a rooftop stand-off with police.
The four police officers were hit by a semi-trailer on Melbourne‘s eastern freeway on April 22 after they pulled over Richard Pusey for allegedly travelling 149km/h while under the influence of methamphetamine and cannabis.
The 42-year-old then allegedly filmed the crash site and verbally abused Senior Constable Lynette Taylor as she lay dying.
Pusey, who is out on bail, was charged with 12 offences including driving at a dangerous speed and reckless conduct endangering life.
On Sunday at 11.30pm, police were called to Pusey’s home in St David Street in Fitzroy after neighbours heard yelling and windows being smashed.
On Sunday night, police attended Pusey’s home in St David Street, Fitzroy after reports of a disturbance
The area around the home was closed off while critical incident officers negotiated with Pusey, who sat on his roof
The Critical Incident Response Team couldn’t gain entry to the home so had to force their way in.
The heavily-armed officers found Pusey on the roof, and negotiated with him until he surrendered to police ‘without incident’.
The area around the home was cordoned off during the bizarre incident.
Pusey has been taken to hospital for an assessment.
A woman, who was at the home at the time, was uninjured and is assisting police with their investigation.
The four police officers were hit by a semi-trailer on Melbourne’s eastern freeway after they pulled over Richard Pusey on April 22
Police allege Mr Pusey, a mortgage broker, was driving his $150,000 Porsche at 149km/h with MDMA and cannabis in his system on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway on April 22
Police allege Mr Pusey, a mortgage broker, was driving his $150,000 Porsche at 149km/h with MDMA and cannabis in his system on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway on April 22 when he was stopped by officers.
A refrigeration truck ploughed into the group of police standing at the roadside, killing four officers, before Pusey allegedly took pictures and video of the grisly scene and fled on foot.
The driver of the truck, Mohinder Singh, was charged with four counts of culpable driving, he reportedly remained at the scene wailing as emergency services arrived.
Pusey’s barrister Vincent Peters previously claimed his client didn’t help Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor as she lay lay under the truck because he was in shock and a doctor was on the scene.
He filmed the scene for more than three minutes and can be heard on the video berating the officer about the damage to his car on the video before he fled the scene, police allege.
Pictured left to right: Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Josh Prestney were killed in the tragedy
Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney were also killed in the tragedy.
Magistrate Jo Metcalf labelled Pusey’s alleged filming of the graphic crash scene as ‘highly intrusive and morally repugnant’ but noted it was not illegal.
The court was previously told Pusey took ‘disturbing pleasure’ inflicting discomfort on others, displayed ‘violent tendencies’ towards the public and police, and had ‘absolutely no regard for the safety of other road users’.