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Bernard Tomic in stand-off with police
Tennis young gun Bernard Tomic has claimed a police officer wanted to "hit" him after pulling the 19-year-old over in his high-powered sports car on the Gold Coast today.
Tomic told Seven News he was issued three $300 traffic infringement notices on three separate occasions while driving his orange V8 BMW M3 through Broadbeach this afternoon.
On one occasion the teenager said he thought an officer "wanted to hit me" and was acting in a threatening manner.
The P-Plate driver is not allowed to drive the BMW but was given an exemption to use it to get to and from training near his family's home in Southport.
Residents told Nine News he was seen "revving" the car in Broadbeach, which is about seven kilometres south of Southport, and failed to stop the third time police tried to pull him over.
He drove home, with police following, and locked himself inside the house.
Eventually a group of five police, including two senior officers and a forensic policeman, congregated on the road opposite the 19-year-old's house in Lenneburg Street.
A former Gold Coast mayor, Lex Bell, also arrived at the Tomic home with local councillor Dawn Kritchlow during the afternoon.
It's believed the forensic officer followed Tomic to his home after tailing 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 4.30pm local time (5.30pm AEDT) 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 told reporters.
"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.
Inspector 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.
The Courier-Mail also reported that Tomic's father John confronted police officers at the house and accused them of 'un-Australian' actions.
Tomic was knocked out of the Australian Open in his fourth-round match against Roger Federer this week.
While the teenager was avoiding police, Davis Cup Pat Rafter, who had been criticial of Tomic's attitude last year, was lauding the young prodigy's newfound maturity.
"We had a little issue over there in Sydney (during a Davis Cup tie)," said Rafter.
"He probably wasn't at that maturity level back then with what I had to tell him.
"But he's certainly done something (to improve that) over the November, December time."
Rafter said he had talked tough to Tomic.
"Like I said, he's just gone to a different level. He was exactly where he should be right now. His attitude was great over the summer."
- SMH.com.au; Richard Hinds and Georgina Robinson
PLAY: Tom Elliott, Shane McInnes discuss the bizarre story at 5:55pm.
If this was BMW's attempt at sales and marketing, it didn't work. What were they thinking.Carol Friday 27 January, 2012 - 12:15 PM
Bernard,grow up this is spoiled brat stuff>..Steve Friday 27 January, 2012 - 12:06 PM
Shame Bernard Shame!
Just when you had earned the nations respect you come out & prove you are just another celebrity brat.
Rise above this & do us proud. You will never regret it.
Calling in friends from high places when one is in the wrong is not doing the right thing.
Perhaps an apology to Police the councillors concerned & a request for clemency will surpise you in salvaging the situation. PS get rid of the V8WOJA Friday 27 January, 2012 - 11:51 AM
Don't blame 19 year old Bernard..blame the Transport Department who gave him special dispensation to drive a high powered vehicle. I hadn't realised that being good at tennis meant you were a great driver. And also really, really mature.Julie Friday 27 January, 2012 - 10:04 AM
Why does bad behaviour go hand in hand with sporting success.
Why does he need such a powerful car? My 19 year old isn't allowed to drive one. What is so special about Mr Tomic - now absolutely nothing.
Make him drive a Camry.Sharif Friday 27 January, 2012 - 9:51 AM
Apart from being a good tennis player, he can now read the minds of police. He thought they wanted to hit him!! Maturity of a 12 year old Bernard.jason Friday 27 January, 2012 - 7:48 AM