Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over for allegedly speeding at 140km/h and police say he tested positive to ice and cannabis on the Eastern Freeway on Wednesday.
He was urinating on the side of the freeway when a truck driver smashed into four officers impounding his Porsche 911.
One of them, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, could be heard calling for help before Pusey began filming the crash.
He allegedly walked up to her and said: “There you go. Amazing, absolutely amazing”.
“All I wanted was to go home and have my sushi and now you’ve “f…ed my f…ing car,” Pusey allegedly said as Senior Constable Lynette Taylor continued to groan for help, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told on Friday.
The officer and three of her colleagues, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney, died at the scene, with Pusey allegedly running away.
He is accused of asking a witness for a ride to his home suburb of Fitzroy before being arrested the next day.
Pusey did not apply for bail when he appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with offences including dangerous driving, reckless conduct endangering life, failing to render assistance, drug possession and the destruction of evidence.
The truck driver suffered a medical episode after the crash, blacked out and remains in hospital under police guard.
He remained unfit to be interviewed on Thursday night.
Taylor, King, Humphris and Prestney lost their lives on Wednesday evening as they were dealing with the Porsche driver on the Eastern Freeway in Kew.
A refrigerated truck veered to the left and hit them at 100km/h as they stood in the emergency lane.
Pusey, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested on Thursday morning.
He was charged with driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, failing to remain after a drug test, failing to render his assistance, failing to exchange his details, possessing a drug of dependence, destruction of evidence and three counts of committing indictable offence while on bail.
Patton said further charges could be laid over the man allegedly taking photos of the crash which were then uploaded onto Facebook.
“We’re still exploring whether there are offences committed under the Telecommunications Act,” he told Nine’s Today show on Friday.
It’s not clear if the post or the dissemination of photographs was done by the man himself or by others.
Meanwhile, the truck driver who had a medical episode after the crash is still under police guard in hospital.
“He’s unfit to be interviewed at this stage. We don’t know whether that will be today or in the next couple of days,” Patton said.
“The families are obviously shattered” and need answers, he added.
Police raided the truck driver’s Cranbourne home on Wednesday night and are yet to reveal what they found.
Taylor, 60, had been with the force for 31 years and joined the road policing drug and alcohol section in 2011, while both Humphris and Prestney had only recently graduated from the academy.
Survived by her husband and two sons, Sen Const Taylor had also recently been the primary carer for her sister who’d experienced a stroke, with the officers “caring nature” also extending to her colleagues.
Even at 50, King was relatively new to the force, joining six years ago and working at several Melbourne stations before transferring to the Nunawading Highway Patrol in 2018.
After working as an apprentice carpenter and personal trainer, Const Humphris joined the force after moving to Melbourne from Newcastle, while Const Prestney, 28, graduated from the academy in December, with his brother – a fellow officer – presenting him with his badge.
The Victoria Police In Memorium Facebook page was flooded with posts on Thursday evening paying respects to the officers, including from past and current police.
Flags were flying at half-mast and landmarks lit up in blue across Victoria on Thursday in honour of the officers.Jump to next article