Caught on camera: Segway copper comes a cropper

Pounding beat on foot, again

THE Sunshine Coast's "segway cop" has had his popular mode of transport taken away from him.

Senior Constable Pierre Senekal was one of the first officers to trial a segway when it was introduced to Noosa in 2013 as part of a $40,000 Queensland Police trial.

But it was the video of him stacking in Hastings St, which first appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily in February last year, that earned him the reputation as the "segway cop".

He shared the video to help raise much-needed funds for the Make a Wish Foundation.

When Sen Const Senekal moved to Kenilworth six months ago, his segway went with him.

ON FOOT: Senior Constable Pierre Senekal (left) and Constable Karina Hawkins on their segways in Hastings St Noosa during the trial.
ON FOOT: Senior Constable Pierre Senekal (left) and Constable Karina Hawkins on their segways in Hastings St Noosa during the trial. Geoff Potter

"On the weekends when we have people come and visit the town on their motorbikes, we focus on road safety and the segway is a good way to break the ice when you approach somebody on a beautiful big motorbike," he said.

But in November last year the Police Commissioner Ian Stewart stacked the segway for good.

Comm Stewart and regional assistant commissioners decided to abandon the trial and keep just two between Noosa and Brisbane.

Last week Sen Const Senekal handed in his segway.

The founder of segways, Jim Heseldon, died in 2010 after a freak accident involving one of his vehicles.

District Inspector Jason Overland said the trial with the segways was finished and they were returned to the supplier.

He said there were "more crashes than we anticipated".

"Perhaps they have a place, but not on the Sunshine Coast."

Sen Const Senekal could not be reached for comment.


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