A WIN TV camera crew in Tasmania had a near miss when a speeding stolen car swerved to avoid road spikes.
The crew, from Hobart’s WIN News, was filming at the side of the road yesterday as a police officer pulled a strip of road spikes across the lane in an attempt to stop the car, which police said had been involved in an earlier crash.
In the footage the driver, upon seeing the spikes on the road, steers the speeding car into the wrong lane narrowly missing the crew and other vehicles.
WIN News Tasmania News Director Alex Johnston said the crew was on its way to a State Government media conference before spotting the police road block and deciding to shoot footage for future use. He said the car got within “a couple of metres” of camera operator Andrew Palmer.
“Amazingly he didn’t flinch. He pans the camera to get a shot of the car speeding away, it’s pretty incredible camerawork,” he said.
“One minute he was driving along thinking he was going to a boring political press conference, the next moment the news instincts kicked in to film police performing an operation then that happened.”
Three people were taken into custody by local police. Another man in the car fled the scene.