Porsche Driver Accused Of Taunting Dying Cop Hit With Three New Charges
A Porsche driver accused of taunting and filming dying police after a Melbourne crash has been slapped with new charges as he applied for bail.
Richard Pusey is accused of telling Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor "amazing, absolutely amazing" as she died after being hit by a truck on the Eastern Freeway at Kew last month.
Pusey had been pulled over for allegedly speeding at 149 km/h when the truck veered into the emergency lane, killing Sen Const Taylor and three of her colleagues on April 22.
The 41-year-old mortgage broker is accused of filming the graphic scene for more than three minutes before fleeing and sharing the videos, including with a federal police officer he knew.
Pusey has been slapped with three new charges, including two counts of perverting the course of justice, as he applied for bail in Melbourne Magistrates Court.
It takes the number of charges against him to 12, including driving at a dangerous speed, reckless conduct endangering life, the destruction of evidence and failing to render assistance after a crash.
Prosecutors oppose Pusey's bail bid on the grounds he will reoffend, interfere with witnesses, fail to show up to court and obstruct justice.
Police informant Aaron Price told the court on Monday Pusey had a history of speeding and drink driving.
He was allegedly captured on dashcam footage speeding along the same freeway a month before the crash.
"I did 275 (km/h) first ... then when I returned I took us to 300 (km/h)," he allegedly told a friend.
"It [the car] will do 350 [km/h] and it's coming."
Pusey was also allegedly captured doing 247 km/h on the Monash Freeway, including 160 km/h through road works.
Price alleged Pusey "has absolutely no regard for the safety of other road users".
He had tested positive to drugs including cannabis after being pulled over on the Eastern Freeway just before the fatal crash.
Pusey had just two hours' sleep in the previous 24 hours and was carrying a lunch bag with the drug ice inside it.
Sen Const Taylor's body-worn camera allegedly captured Pusey taunting her as she groaned for help in the wreck.
"All I wanted was to go home and have my sushi and now you've "f***ed my f***ing car," Pusey allegedly said.
Pusey's lawyer, Vincent Peters, suggested his client may have been in shock after the truck hit the four officers.
"Even if one officer [Sen Const Taylor] was alive, she was attended to immediately by a Chinese doctor, an Asian doctor," Peters said.
"What could he have done?"
Pusey has been a registered nurse in the past, the court was told.
The bail application continues.