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Former cop found guilty of dangerous driving

Former policeman Chris Hurley has pleaded not guilty to two counts of dangerous driving. File picture
Former policeman Chris Hurley has pleaded not guilty to two counts of dangerous driving. File picture

FORMER policeman Chris Hurley has been found guilty of dangerous driving, after a court today heard he'd driven on the wrong side of the road and without flashing lights during a wild police pursuit.

Hurley has been fined $800 and banned from driving for six months. No convictions recorded.

EARLIER: Motorists had to swerve out of the way of a police car driven by controversial cop Chris Hurley on the wrong side of the road without flashing lights during a wild night pursuit, a court has heard.

The former senior-sergeant quit the police service on medical grounds earlier this year after a career dogged by scandal including the 2004 Palm Island death-in-custody and a conviction last year for assaulting a Gold Coast motorist.

He has pleaded not guilty in Southport Magistrates Court to two counts of dangerous driving relating to the pursuit at Pacific Pines in May 2015 after an earlier armed robbery.

Audio of senior police ordering the chase to be abandoned and yelling at officers to 'pull back, pull back!' was played to the court.

In closing submissions, prosecutor Michael Nicholson told the court that on three occasions during the pursuit, motorists had to veer out of the way to avoid crashing with the Ford Territory driven by Hurley.

Mr Nicholson said Hurley was driving on the wrong side of the road without emergency lights.

After the chase was called off, Hurley allegedly rammed the getaway car which was travelling on tyre rims after road spikes had earlier been deployed.

Mr Nicholson said Hurley had used unapproved and unreasonable force to try to stop the vehicle.

The defence is yet to give its closing address.

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