Trusting cops apprehend escapee after rest stop ruse
THEY say nice guys come last, but two male police officers yesterday proved it is not always true, after a particularly narrow escape from custody at Six Mile Creek rest area, on Gympie's southern approach yesterday.
But they had to put in some hard fast yards to get one step ahead of the escapee, a witness said yesterday.
She told how the female prisoner briefly eluded police about 10am after convincing them to allow her to use the rest area's public toilet.
While police waited outside the toilet building, the woman escaped by squeezing herself through the narrow gap between the top of its brick wall and the roof, she said.
"They were just being nice people, allowing her to go to the toilet.
"They didn't want to interrupt," the witness said, speculating that if they had gone in to check, they could have been accused of impropriety.
"They must have thought they could trust her, (but) they were nervous, they were waiting and pacing," the witness said.
But the woman's freedom was short-lived.
As she ran across the nearby AFL grounds, one of the officers gave chase and caught her near the club house.
A police spokesman said police had quickly recaptured a person who had tried to escape through the toilets, as she was being transported southwards.