Gun-toting Qld cop trial adjourned

Rachael Burnett
The trial of a Queensland policeman accused of pointing his gun at a motorist has been adjourned.

The magistrate hearing the trial of a Queensland outback police officer who pulled his gun out and allegedly threatened to "put a hole" in a speeding motorist has adjourned a decision in the case until December.

Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan is heard on video footage screaming "f***ing pull over now, c***" before stopping Lee Povey near Longreach last year.

The officer, who has more than 25 years' experience, pointed his pistol at Mr Povey while he sat behind the wheel and threatened to "put a f***ing hole in you".

He then pinned Mr Povey to the side of his truck and handcuffed him, leaving scratches and marks on his wrists and back.

The terrified driver said he felt the firearm pressed between his shoulder blades as his hands were cuffed behind him.

Flanagan is facing charges of common assault and deprivation of liberty, and Magistrates Paul Kluck reserved his verdict undtil December 7, after a two-day trial in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Flanagan is heard on footage blaring his horn repeatedly at the silver truck, as he shouts profanities, before the other vehicle finally pulled over.

Mr Povey said he didn't realise the policeman was trying to stop him because the flashing lights and sirens on the police car weren't working.

He was given a ticket for doing 126km/h on a 110km/h road.

His partner, Anna Cruse, said she thought it was a "stitch-up" or a "sick prank" at first and didn't know what was happening.

Flanagan claimed pulling out his gun was the "only option" because he thought it was a stolen vehicle and Mr Povey could be reaching for a weapon.