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Criminal history of Melbourne crash Porsche driver Richard Pusey

by Staci Winburn (2020-04-25)


The former mortgage broker who fled the scene of a crash that killed four police officers was previously jailed for assault and clocked speeding 70km/h over the limit.

Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over for travelling at 140km/h on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne about 4.50pm on Wednesday and allegedly tested positive to drugs.

A truck then at 5.40pm ploughed into the group of police standing at the roadside, killing four officers, before Pusey allegedly fled on foot.

Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney were all killed. 






Richard Pusey, the driver of a Porsche who allegedly fled the scene of a crash on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway which killed four police officers was arrested at his Fitzroy home on Thursday



















Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over for travelling at 140km/h on the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne around 4.50pm on Wednesday







The police car that arrived at the scene was crushed by a refrigeration truck - killing four police officers who were standing by the roadside


Pusey has at least 13 previous charges, beginning in 2007 when he was convicted of speeding 70km/h over the limit and fined $210.

The following year he was jailed for eight months, with half of it suspended for two years, and $346 compensation for intentionally causing injury.

An assaulting police charge from the same incident was dropped. 

Fast forward to 2014 and he was convicted and fined $2,000 plus $2,500 in costs for carrying out work without a building permit. 

In 2016 he was ordered to do 60 hours of community service for stalking. 

Pusey committed three crimes in 2017. He was fined $500 for contravening a safety intervention order, and fined $200 for driving with a suspended licence. 

The same year he was fined $500 for emitting excessive noise from his house. 

A year later he was convicted and fined $750 for using a carriage service to menace, and a charge of intentionally damaging property was dropped. 






Police will allege Richard Pusey (pictured in handcuffs being led away by officers on Thursday) took photos of the grisly fatal  crash scene before he fled on foot







Pusey has at least 13 previous charges, beginning in 2007 when he was convicted of speeding 70km/h over the limit and fined $210 







Pusey, 41, was taken from his house in Fitzroy on Thursday afternoon after being interrogated







He wore a facemask and faces a string of potential charges including traffic offences and leaving the scene of an accident


At the time of the crash on Wednesday he was on bail for an assault charge to be heard in court on April 30, and one of criminal damage set for June 16.

Pusey was arrested at Chemist Warehouse in Collingwood about 9.30am on Thursday after more than 12 hours on the run.

Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton alleged Pusey also took photos of the scene and posted them on Facebook.

Pusey, who ran Switch Now Home Loans until last July, is an avid social media user who frequently uploads videos of himself racing his Porsche 911.






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His car, which was also filmed speeding down the same highway on March 21, also features prominently in his dozens of TripAdvisor reviews of anything from pubs to the Melbourne Airport Skybus.

'I like to drive behind the bus in my Porsche because it doesn't have wifi,' he wrote in a review of the Skybus in October 2018.

'I set the cruise control so as to allow me to social network and all that cool new age type stuff that's Servicing All Areas of Australia the rage.

'Me and my Porsche enjoy the day out doing this activity.' 






Wearing a face mask and grey jumper, Richard Pusey was surrounded by a media scrum as he was led away from his Melbourne home by police 





















His car, which was also filmed speeding down the same highway on March 21, also features prominently in his dozens of TripAdvisor reviews







'I like to drive behind the bus in my Porsche because it doesn't have wifi,' he wrote in a review of the Skybus in October 2018







In another review he referred to a helicopter service as a 'Porsche in the sky' and again spoke of his penchant for stealing the Skybus wifi


In another review he referred to a helicopter service as a 'Porsche in the sky' and again spoke of his penchant for stealing the Skybus wifi. 

'When I'm not racing my Porsche or chasing the sky bus for it's free wifi I like to get up and dance,' he wrote.

Pusey is extremely well travelled, having posted reviews from Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, Minsk, Prague, Hong Kong, Bangkok, four cities in Ukraine, and all over Vietnam and Japan.

He also had disputes with at least two tradesmen over a 2014 kitchen rebuild at his home that ended up in the Victorian Supreme Court.

The stingy home loan boss was sued for non-payment of the $6,006 kitchen and made a counterclaim for $35,500, claiming the kitchen was 'defective'. 

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal dismissed his counterclaim as an 'abuse of process' and the Supreme Court upheld this on appeal. 






Pusey, who runs Switch Now Home Loans, is an avid social media user who frequently uploads videos of himself racing his Porsche 911 - the same one in the crash







Pusey (right) appeared in a report on A Current Affair in 2016 where he was accused of abusing the tradies involved, and their families