Australian Open - Tomic involved in police stand-off
Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic was involved in a bizarre stand-off with police when he locked himself inside his house on the Gold Coast and refused to come out.
Tomic, who was knocked out of the Australian Open in the fourth round by Roger Federer, was twice stopped by police in the space of two hours for breaching his restricted licence.
Tomic needs a special exemption for his V8 $150,000 (£101,745) bright orange BMW M3 to and from training and other activities directly related to his tennis career.
The 19-year-old and his girlfriend Donay Meijer were originally pulled over by police who said he was “showing off” the car in the restaurant precinct of a Gold Coast area, before again coming to their attention on his way home from Surfers Paridise and being followed home by a siren-blaring police car after he allegedly refused to stop.
The teenager then locked himself in his house and refused to come out until his lawyer Lex Bell, a former Gold Coast mayor, arrived at the family home.
“I don’t know what’s wrong ... it’s like I killed somebody,” Tomic told Channel Seven News, before adding he felt the police “wanted to hit me”.
“They’ve given me three tickets and one officer feels like he wants to get me and it’s not a good feeling.
“It’s all happened on Australia Day when I am trying to have fun with my mates.”
Inspector Glenn Allen said two traffic infringement notices were issues to Tomic in relation to the conditions of his licence.
Tomic’s father, John, accused the police of “un-Australian actions” before confronting the police in his driveway.
“Their options are to make a complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission or the Ethical Standards Command,” Allen said on whether the Tomic family was planning to make a complaint against the police.