“He [the teenager] said, ‘Show me your badge,’ ” Mr Elliott told The Australian. “I said, ‘I pay for the badges, I don’t get one.’ “
The boy’s father told The Australian that Mr Elliott “chased” his son “through the backstreets of Castle Hill” after the minor collision between the P-plate driver’s Mazda utility and Mr Elliott’s Lexus sedan. The father also claims Mr Elliott grabbed his son’s arm.
Mr Elliott denies both claims. The Herald has contacted Mr Elliott’s office for comment.
Greens MP David Shoebridge had written to Mr Fuller on Friday morning, asking that he launch an interstate investigation into Mr Elliott’s alleged conduct and NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has called on Mr Elliott to be sacked or at least stood aside over the “extraordinary allegations”.
“The police minister role is the most senior and respected of the cabinet and we now know that this Police Minister has been involved in a road rage incident,” Ms McKay said.
“What does it take for the Premier to actually stand down a minister?”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian would not be drawn into the matter and said it was an issue for police.
“This is a matter or police and they have looked at the issue and it is a matter for them,” she said on Friday.
A police spokesman said: “Witnesses will be spoken to in order to ascertain if they’re in a position to provide any further information.”
The minister and his wife were on their way to church but did not arrive on time following the incident.
Police said the minister attended Castle Hill police station to report the incident on the day of the collision.
“Shortly after, the 17-year-old male driver also attended Castle Hill police station and spoke to police. No injuries were reported,” a spokeswoman for NSW Police said.
“Officers from the Hills Area Command have conducted inquiries and the drivers have since exchanged details. The matter is now being dealt with by the respective insurance companies.”
The estimated damage to the minister’s vehicle is between $500 and $1000.
“I’ll be paying the damage because it’s probably under the excess,” the minister told The Australian. “But I’m dirty about it and furious he swore at my wife.
“Even after I gave him my business card and said he was obliged to exchange details he kept swearing and carrying on.”
Mr Shoebridge’s letter said an interstate investigation was necessary because there would be a “significant conflict of interest” if NSW Police were to investigate its minister.
The letter said that, if Mr Elliott told the teenager that he “worked for the cops”, he may have committed an offence of impersonating a police officer, as well as assault if he had grabbed the driver’s arm.
“That the Police Minister appears to [be] impersonating a NSW Police Officer risks the reputation both of the Minister and the NSW Police Force and on its own warrants an independent and thorough investigation,” Mr Shoebridge’s letter said.
When contacted, the Police Association of NSW refused to comment.
The revelations come just days after Mr Elliott said he “would want” his own underage sons strip-searched if police “felt they were at risk of doing something wrong”.
NSW opposition spokeswoman for police and counter terrorism Lynda Voltz said the incident “completely rules him out of the job”. She also expressed concern that NSW Police were the peak body investigating the incident.
“There is no way he is the appropriate person to be the Police Minister,” she said. “It’s not appropriate for the police to be investigating their own minister.”
Alexandra Smith is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.