A 41-year old man who fled the scene of a horrific crash, in which four Victoria Police officers lost their lives, was allegedly speeding and high on drugs when he was pulled over by authorities on Wednesday.
Mortgage broker Richard Pusey was pulled over by police while travelling on the Eastern Freeway at Kew, allegedly driving his Porsche at more than 140 kph.
Police were in the emergency lane with Mr Pusey when a semi-trailer driver reportedly suffered an epileptic fit and ploughed into their cars – killing all four officers.
After the crash, Pusey allegedly took photos of the scene including the deceased victims and posted them to social media before fleeing the scene on foot.
He was later arrested, interviewed by detectives and charged with a string of offences including reckless conduct endangering life, destruction of evidence and committing an indictable offence while out on bail.
Floral tributes were left in honour of the four officers at Boroondara Police Station while locations across the Melbourne CBD were illuminated blue in memory of the fallen.
The incident is the single deadliest loss of police life in Victoria’s history, overtaking The Kelly Gang’s murder of three officers at Stringybark Creek in 1878.
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