Police officer shows ‘signs of improvement’ after being hit by stolen car

The Queensland Police Officer left fighting for his life after being hit by a stolen car at Ipswich is showing “encouraging signs of improvement” a week after the horror crash.

Police confirmed in a statement overnight that Constable Peter McAulay’s condition has progressed from critical to stable.

“Peter is now listed as stable, however will require intensive treatment for critical injuries,” Qld police said in the statement.


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“He will be moved from Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit to a specialised ward tomorrow after showing signs of improvement.”

The 24-year-old was struck by the alleged stolen car while laying road spikes to stop the vehicle on Brisbane Road at Booval last Thursday morning.

He sustained critical head injuries and was placed in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery.

“Thank you very much to the community for your support and well wishes for Peter, his family, friends and colleagues,” Qld police said in a statement.

“At the moment, the focus of family, friends and colleagues is on Peter and his ongoing treatment”.

A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl have since been charged with attempted murder over the crash.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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