Police are outside the Gold Coast home of tennis star Bernard Tomic, waiting to interview him about a suspected traffic infringement on a Southport street.
Five police, including two senior officers and a forensic policeman, were on the road opposite the 19-year-old’s house in Lenneburg Street, Southport.
It’s believed the forensic officer followed Tomic to his home after tailing his orange high-performance BMW sports car.
The officer was heard telling one of the senior police that he had tried to pull Tomic over but he continued driving to his house.
Tomic’s car was parked on the property behind locked security gates.
The two senior police entered the Tomic home shortly after 4pm AEST and emerged a short time later.
Inspector Glenn Allen said it appeared that Tomic wanted to lay “some sort of complaint, although the nature of it was not clear”.
“At this stage we are waiting for Tomic’s lawyer to come,” he said.
“I don’t know what he wants to make a complaint about at this stage but we’ll judge that when he talks to his solicitor.
Insp Allan said exactly what sparked the incident was still being determined.
“I don’t know what it was at this stage. Let me talk to Mr Tomic and we’ll give you a statement later.
Tomic, who was named in Australia’s Davis Cup squad today, was investigated over complaints of hooning last month.
He is still on his P-plates but has a special exemption to drive the high-performance BMW M3 sports car to and from training and other activities directly related to his tennis.
Tomic denied the hooning claims, arguing he was the victim of a vendetta by a Gold Coast police officer.
He said at the time the police officer who accused him of hooning had told him he wanted to put him in the newspapers.
Tomic said he had been driving to training and had not been breaking the law.
His car’s speed is electronically limited, although its top speed still exceeds 250km/h.
Tomic who emerged briefly to talk to reporters said he had done nothing wrong.
“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.
Tomic said he was allowed to drive on the roads even though he had a restricted licence.
“Absolutely, I was on a visit doing my stuff and enjoying my day and I had my things all planned and someone doesn’t like that and wants to stop that.”
Former Gold Coast mayor Lex Bell, who has resumed his legal practice in recent years, arrived at the Tomic home with local councillor Dawn Kritchlow.
Mr Bell declined to say whether he was representing the family.
Ms Kritchlow said she knew nothing about the incident.
“All I have to say is that I am very proud Bernard Tomic lives in Southport.”
Insp Allen has returned to the Tomic home and is inside talking to the family.
Insp Allen said two traffic infringement notices had been issued to Tomic this afternoon relating to the conditions of his licence.
He said he had a discussion with the Tomic family about the alleged breaches, and it was too early for him to say whether police had made a mistake in issuing the tickets.
“There is a determination to be made about conditions in relation to his driving that will be decided at a later time,” Insp Allen said outside the house.
That will be determined by an inquiry if one is required, he said.
Insp Allen said the Tomic family is now considering whether or not to lay a complaint against police.
“Their options are to make a complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission or the Ethical Standards Command,” he said, adding that the tennis star had been “understanding and reasonable”.
If an investigation was held it would determine whether Tomic’s sports car was to be taken from him, Insp Allen said.
It was up to the Tomic family’s representative, former Gold Coast mayor Lex Bell, to determine whether an investigation would be held, he said.
“They’re making a determination about whether they wish to make a complaint and we’ll leave that up to them,” he said.
Solicitor Lex Bell said at this stage the family doesn’t have much to say.
“The matter is well under investigation and there’s nothing further to be said at the moment,” he said outside Tomic’s house.
He also refused to disclose the precise wording of the traffic infringement notices issued to Tomic on Thursday afternoon.
“He feels he is guiltless in the whole matter,” Mr Bell said.
He would not say whether Tomic felt he is being persecuted by police.
“I think you would have to work out how you would feel if you were in Bernard’s situation,” Mr Bell said.
“It’s not for me to say.
“Bernard is my client and I’m doing the best I can to ensure a happy outcome for him.”