Man rams girlfriend off road, swims away from police

IN WHAT mirrored a high-profile case on the Gold Coast, a man has appeared in Toowoomba Magistrates Court accused of running his ex-partner's car off the road after a domestic argument.

Police claim the complainant woman had driven away from a Lockyer Valley property after an argument with 32-year-old Cameron Anthony Erbacher.

Reading from the police objection to bail document, Magistrate Damian Carroll said it was claimed Erbacher had twice swerved his car at the woman's vehicle while both were driving at about 100kmh.

On the third swerve, his car had rammed the other car, forcing it off the road, police claimed.

It was alleged Erbacher then got out of his car, approached the other vehicle and yelled at the woman to get out before ripping a side mirror from the car.

After looking for him for the next two days, police spotted the 32-year-old in Gatton on Tuesday but, when challenged, he had run off along a rail line causing a train to stop, the court heard.

During the foot chase police claim Erbacher swam a creek to get away from them but was tackled on the bank and was arrested after a struggle with pursuing officers.

Objecting to bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson made the link to the recent Gold Coast case in which former Bandido bikie Lionel Patea was accused of running his former partner Tara Brown, 24, off the road then bashing her while she was trapped in the wreckage.

Ms Brown later died in hospital and yesterday Patea's charge was upgraded to murder during an appearance in a Gold Coast court.

Sgt Robinson said Erbacher was subject to a current domestic violence order and police had concerns for the safety of the woman should he be granted bail.

However, defence solicitor Chris Lumme dismissed the link to the Gold Coast case and said his client denied the allegations against him.

His client instructed damage to the cars had occurred when the woman was driving from the property.

His client claimed he had been dragged when his arm became caught in the window of the woman's car when he tried to retrieve some of his property as she drove off.

His client also denied following, driving at or ramming the complainant's car, Mr Lumme submitted.

Erbacher was not required to enter any pleas to a number of charges including two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two of obstructing police and breaching a domestic violence order.

Mr Carroll said domestic violence was an issue of great concern in the community and noted that police had been called 10 times to domestic incidents regarding the defendant and the woman in recent times.

Mr Carroll refused bail and remanded Erbacher in custody to appear back in the same court for mention on November 11.

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