Man charged over road drama

A RAVENSWOOD man whose car was shot at by police at Travellers Rest on Tuesday allegedly reversed over a police motorcycle before driving towards the senior constable who had been riding it.

Court documents listing the charges laid against Asador Hinsta allege that he deliberately manoeuvered to initiate a collision with the police motorcycle before driving forward towards the police officer, ``forcing him to take evasive action to avoid being hit by (the) vehicle''.

Mr Hinsta, 24, has been charged with assaulting the police officer and with assaulting another senior constable at a crash scene on the Bass Highway at Deloraine, again by allegedly driving his vehicle at the officer. 

The alleged assaults are said to have taken place early on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Hinsta is also charged with two counts of evading police, for allegedly ignoring a police officer who was trying to wave him down at Deloraine and by driving around road spikes and ignoring police lights and sirens on the Meander Valley Road at Hadspen.

He was also charged with unlawfully possessing dangerous items in a public place, namely an extendable baton and a knife, and using and possessing methylamphetamine.

Mr Hinsta appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday but did not enter a plea.

He was remanded in custody to face court again on Tuesday.

 The senior constable who shot at the car remains on active duty while Tasmania Police's professional standards committee conducts an internal review.

Assistant Commissioner Phil Wilkinson said it was standard practice to conduct an examination of any incident in which a police officer used their firearm.

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