Farm­ers recount or­deal

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­dra.glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

A QUIET morn­ing graz­ing cat­tle quickly turned into a dan­ger­ous car chase with an armed man for two South Bur­nett farm­ers this week.

Rick Greenup al­leges his 2006 grey Toy­ota LandCruiser was stolen from his prop­erty at Iron­pot, near Kumbia in Queens­land, on Mon­day morn­ing.

Work­ers had taken his ute out to mend fences, while he worked in an­other area of the prop­erty.

“I saw my ute go past at a high speed and I de­cided to fol­low them,” Mr Greenup said.

“There was an­other white Prado with New South Wales plates, fol­low­ing my ute down through Bur­randowan Road.”

Matt Al­lan was graz­ing cat­tle on the side of the road when he saw Mr Greenup’s LandCruiser fly past.

Mr Greenup stopped to ask Mr Al­lan if he had seen his ute, be­fore speed­ing off to con­tinue the chase.

“I caught up to them again, and be­fore I hit the Wandai-Durong Road, the Prado flipped in front of me and rolled on the gravel,” he said.

“Next thing old mate has spun the ute around and come back to­wards me.

“He’s tried to run over me and I’ve had to jump out of the way, onto my side step.

“Matt Al­lan came to my res­cue, he knew some­thing was up.”

Mr Al­lan said he couldn’t leave Mr Greenup on his own.

“I turned up and the girl in the white car had rolled it, so I pulled up to see if she was al­right,” he said.

“And old mate in the LandCruiser came back to­wards me.

“I had a lady with a cou­ple of kids watch­ing the cat­tle, so I fol­lowed him to make sure he wasn’t head­ing back to­wards them.

“He was head­ing back their way and I came up be­hind him a bit, I tooted the horn a few times and he poked a ri­fle out the win­dow to­wards me.

“He pulled up and I told the lady to get out of there.”

Mr Al­lan al­leges once he had warned the lady with the cat­tle, he turned back to­wards Mr Greenup, and the LandCruiser fol­lowed him.

“He started ram­ming my ute from be­hind. I could see him com­ing re­ally quick in the rear-view mirror and my ute is slow­ing down go­ing up the hill,” Mr Al­lan said.

“I was do­ing about 70km/h and he would have been do­ing about 130km/h. He cat­a­pulted me for­ward that time.

“Then he had a go on the pas­sen­ger side on the tray and tried to roll me.

“Then he tried to ram me again and went back to get a run up and I slammed on my brakes to throw him off guard.

“He swerved to miss me and hit me in the tray and shot me off into the tim­ber.”

Mr Al­lan said he felt very lucky to es­cape with a few bruises.

“I saw him pull up, so I went and hid, be­cause he had a ri­fle and I had a Biro. It wasn’t a fair fight,” he said.

“The fel­low that pinched the car went back in Rick’s di­rec­tion to get his girl­friend back.

“The lady who was mind­ing the cat­tle came back to find me to make sure I was al­right.”

Mr Al­lan said he never would have thought his day would end up with him in a life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“I was on my last day of mind­ing cat­tle on the road, I was about to have a cup tea ac­tu­ally,” he said.

“I didn’t think I was go­ing to get out of it at one point.

“But you have to have your neigh­bour’s back, ev­ery­one would do the same for each other, we have a re­ally good com­mu­nity.

“I’d do it again.”

Mr Greenup said his LandCruiser, li­cence plate 189-JHY, was last spot­ted at Ban Ban Springs and was tracked head­ing to­wards Bund­aberg.

Mr Greenup wasn’t wor­ried about the event and said he just wants his ute back so he can get on with his job.

“We’re just in the bush and got cat­tle to at­tend to, we just want to get on with the job,” he said.

“That big storm last week came through all our coun­try and knocked out a heap of our fences.

“So we’ve got some work to do.”

At time of print­ing the ute had not been found. Any­one who spots the ve­hi­cle is urged to im­me­di­ately con­tact Triple Zero (000) and to not ap­proach the ve­hi­cle or the oc­cu­pants.

Po­lice be­lieve the driver is a 30-year-old man de­scribed as cau­casian, about 195cm tall with a solid build and brown hair.

Po­lice be­lieve his pas­sen­ger is an 18-year-old woman is de­scribed as cau­casian, about 160cm tall with a pro­por­tion­ate build and brown hair.

If you have in­for­ma­tion, phone Po­licelink on 13 14 44.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

Matt Al­lan’s ute af­ter he was rammed off the road into a tree.

STOLEN: 2006 grey Toy­ota LandCruiser sim­i­lar to the one pic­tured was stolen from an ad­dress in Iron­pot this week.

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