Man in alleged M1 rampage gets bail
A MAN accused of smashing through roadworks and two vehicles at high speeds on the M1 before allegedly assaulting a female police officer while on parole has been granted bail.
The case has prompted the Queensland Police Union President Ian Leavers to again call for changes to “revolving door” bail laws.
Ronald Langham, 44, made a successful bail application in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday following the alleged crash at 8pm in Robina on Friday.
One of the cars Langham allegedly hit had a 10-monthold baby inside. Police allege the Munruben man fled from the car and tried to push a man off his motorcycle.
A 47-year-old on-duty female police officer confronted the man but suffered minor injuries during an alleged scuffle.
Police prosecutor Donn Reid objected to bail and said Langham allegedly reached for the officer’s firearm.
It took four members of the public to help the officer wrestle Langham to the ground.
He was arrested and taken to hospital and charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and serious assault.
Magistrate Joan White said the allegations were very serious but said they were still just allegations.
Ms White said Langham had complied with parole since being sentenced in the Southport District Court in 2014.
She said he had “kept out of trouble for five years” since being sentenced. What offence Langham was sentenced for was not mentioned in court.
Ms White said Langham had no previous convictions for failing to appear in court.
She ordered Langham report to police once a week and comply with any mental health plan suggested by his doctors. The matter was adjourned to Febuary 12.
“The simple fact is that courts do not put enough weight on police submissions objecting to bail,” Mr Leavers said.