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Qld cop loses bid to halt charges

AAP logoAAP 1/08/2016

A Queensland police officer accused of drawing his gun on a motorist in the state's outback has lost a legal bid to stop charges against him going ahead.

Stephen Patrick Flanagan, 45, was charged with one count each of common assault and deprivation of liberty after allegedly drawing his firearm on a driver suspected of speeding near Longreach in May 2015.

Lawyers for the currently suspended senior constable pursued an application for a permanent stay of proceedings in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, arguing there had been "an abuse of process" when police decided to charge him after conducting their own internal probe.

In his submissions, barrister Peter Callaghan had described the matter as "a case like no other" and said Flanagan was subjected to an internal disciplinary interview in which his right to silence was "completely overwritten".

But prosecutor Jacob Robson questioned if Flanagan had been genuinely prejudiced by the internal processes, which had been documented transparently.

Magistrate Judith Daley on Tuesday ultimately agreed and dismissed the application.

She relisted the matter for a two-day hearing in November.

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