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'I knew I was in trouble': Qld cop Hurley

AAP logoAAP 6/10/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

Controversial Queensland policeman Chris Hurley felt "in trouble" and "threatened" when he allegedly assaulted a man in a roadside stoush, a court has heard.

Senior Sergeant Hurley has pleaded not guilty to four counts of common assault stemming from the Gold Coast incident in which he allegedly grabbed the man by the throat.

The 48-year-old, previously acquitted over a 2004 Palm Island death in custody, said the incident began when he pulled over the vehicle the man, Luke Cole, was travelling in and asked him to get out.

He claimed Mr Cole then "came at" him.

"Luke Cole on that day wanted to take me on," he told the Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

"With my experience in policing, I knew that I was in trouble."

Hurley said Mr Cole's manner after he stopped the car at Robina "made (him) feel unsafe" and said he later drew his taser because he "felt threatened".

It came after the currently suspended officer thought he heard a male voice call out "c***" as a car passed by a traffic accident he was attending on Robina Parkway.

The court had previously heard Mr Cole loudly joked that one of the cars involved in the accident - a Mercedes Kompressor - had been "compressed" in the crash as he travelled past.

Hurley described the man as "like a cat on a hot tin roof" after he got out of the car but denied punching or kicking him.

He also denied squeezing the man's neck and said he rather applied pressure with Mr Cole's body to keep him pressed against the car.

However, the officer admitted to drawing his taser on the man and telling him to get on his knees because he felt threatened.

Asked if he'd ever drawn a taser before, Hurley replied: "Never."

Speaking to reporters outside court, Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said it had been "a very difficult decade" for the officer.

"It is a testament to the man that he can stand up and (he) continues to battle through day by day," he said.

Palm Island rioter Lex Wotton was also present in court for the hearing, saying he decided to sit in on the case because he was in the area on some other business.

"I don't think he'd notice me," he said.

In 2007, Hurley was acquitted of the manslaughter of Palm Island man Cameron Doomadgee.

Southport Magistrate Chris Callaghan is expected to hand down his decision on November 23.

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