Police shaken after alleged vehicle ram
Police have slammed the behaviour of two drivers in Tasmania's south, after two separate hooning events.
Shortly after midnight on Saturday, an officer reportedly spotted a white Toyota Hilux doing "burn outs" in New Norfolk.
The patrol tried to stop the ute near the corner of Backriver Road and Hamilton Road, when the driver allegedly drove towards the officer's car.
The two vehicles collided before the ute left the scene, the officer shaken but not physically injured.
A 24-year-old man was identified the following day and charged with evading police and driving offences.
His vehicle has been confiscated for three months and he will appear in court at a later date.
Inspector Philippa Burk has called the behaviour disappointing.
"Particularly because our officers are patrolling our roads to keep everyone else in our community safe," she said.
In an unrelated incident, another vehicle was stopped in New Norfolk on the same night.
A Central Highlands man is being accused of hooning on High Street.
It's alleged the 41-year-old returned a breath analysis reading of 0.132, more than twice the legal limit.
He has been charged with drink driving and other driving offences, his vehicle has been clamped.
Inspector Burk maintains the behaviour is always unacceptable, but is further highlighted during National Road Safety Week.
"Incidents like these can easily have devastating consequences, and I'm astounded by these drivers and their blatant disregard for other people's safety and the law."
Tasmanians are being asked to report dangerous driving to police on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
In an emergency, please dial Triple Zero (000).
If matters cannot be reported at the time, video evidence can be uploaded to the evidence portal.