Police call for information after footage surfaced of taunts in Bendigo harassing officers

A carload of brutal hoons was filmed Saturday morning mocking police officers with burnouts and donuts on a busy street in Bendigo.

Victoria Police attended a separate incident in McCrae Street around 1:20 am when a gold-colored Ford Falcon exited a side street and began carrying out what authorities describe as ‘taunting’.

In the video, a passenger of the Ford Falcon appears to fly out the window with a Mexican flag, a possible reference to a popular social media account devoted to dangerous driving known as Mexican Hoon Cartel.

Acting Superintendent Troy Hargadon said the rogue occupants of the vehicle had endangered not only their own lives, but also the lives of police officers and the wider community.

“We saw some minor damage to the police vehicle, which could easily have been a member of the public,” Acting Superintendent Hargadon said.

He confirmed that the Ford Falcon had collided with the stationary police vehicle.

Acting Superintendent Troy Hargadon says police believe the drivers may be connected to social media group Mexican Hoon CartelABC news

Acting Superintendent Hargadon said police did not pursue the dangerous drivers because of the risk posed by large crowds of bystanders nearby.

“We have seen the people of these people’s behavior and actions at the time, it would undoubtedly be irresponsible to persecute them and create a greater risk to the wider community,” he said.

Police identified three men in their mid to late 20s from the video and expect search warrants to be issued today to locate the three individuals of interest.

Authorities do not rule out the possibility that the event was planned and said police may have had previous contact with the car’s occupants.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants is requested to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or online.

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