A police officer was more interested in photographing the tattoos of an injured motorcycle rider than helping the man, according to an eyewitness.
“The cop might have been more productive trying to find a place to land the helicopter than taking photos of the man’s tattoos,” says the eyewitness, a former police reporter.
“On the surface at the time I thought his behaviour was unusual as a former police reporter and there were more important things to worry about at the time.”
The identity of the eyewitness has been suppressed by agreement as he bids for government contracts and says he was “burned” by the previous government over political comments he made.
“While he was on his own and wasn’t wearing leathers or patches, the assumption from the people trying to help him was that if he was either a bikie or he was connected to bikies,” he says. “I think they (VLAD Act) are ridiculous laws. They remind me of Nazi Germany.”
The accident happened on a “pretty quiet” stretch of road near Jimboomba about 2.30pm on Sunday, January 25. “As I came over hill bike he was lying on the road and had just crashed,” the eyewitness says. “The bike had left the road and hit a tree. I waited there and some neighbours came out and the ambulance was called. He was in a bad way and going in and out of consciousness. Everyone was worried and there was a nurse there saying he was in a bad way.”
The eyewitness says an off-duty police officer in a dog squad car arrived to help. “He looked after the traffic and was really good. Then the first of three ambulances arrived with a patrol car,” he says. “One of the cops did his duty with witnesses and started looking at the road and the scene. I was a police reporter for many years and he was doing his job. But the other cop was more interested in the injured rider’s tattoos. He wasn’t in leathers or patches, just boardies and a Harley t-shirt and one of those little skull cap helmets – not the best thing to wear on the road.
“As they cut his shirt and pants off you could see that not a lot of his body wasn’t tattooed. The other cop started describing the tattoos on his mobile phone. A couple of people said perhaps they were doing it to identify him. He had told us his name but he had no ID. However, there was a rego plate on his bike and they have a lot easier ways to identify him than by his tats. He didn’t get in the way of the ambos, but everyone thought it was a bit odd and he wasn’t interested in the accident. His whole thing at that time was noting the guy’s tats and that he was riding a Harley and had a Harley t-shirt. The cop might have been more productive trying to find a place to land a helicopter.”
If anyone knows the condition of the rider, can they please leave a comment below.