The reason why Peter Dutton left the police 20 years ago has always been mysterious.
Court documents have revealed that the Home Secretary resigned after a horror car accident that frightened him to drive.
The Federal Minister is currently facing a major struggle to keep his seat Dickson on the outskirts of Brisbane against Labor rival Ali France.
However, the political opponents have a lot more in common than you might think, since Ms. France was also seriously injured in a car accident in which she lost part of her left leg.
Before entering politics Mr. Dutton was with the Queensland Police Force for almost a decade.
Court documents have uncovered the real reason why Home Secretary Peter Dutton (pictured) left the Queensland Police Force
He previously claimed that he left the group in 1999 to study at the university and work in the family business.
However, old court documents uncovered by the ABC have revealed that the controversial minister actually left the force after being seriously injured in a police persecution involving an escaped prisoner on the outskirts of Brisbane.
The following year, he resigned from the squad due to poor confidence in driving, the court records say.
In August 1998, the then 27-year-old detective senior Constable Dutton was sitting in an unmarked patrol car in front of a fast food store in the Goodna suburb of Brisbane when he noticed that an escaped prisoner had left the Holden Commodore.
The officer was instructed to track the vehicle, which was irregularly driven for several kilometers before turning and making a sharp turn on an unpaved road.
Mr. Dutton's police car was thrown to the side after hitting a concrete edge.
He was taken to the hospital He suffers from concussions, cuts, bruises, abrasions and injuries to his cervical and thoracic spine, the right shoulder and the left knee.
A young Peter Dutton (pictured right) was with the Queensland Police Force for almost a decade before being injured by police persecuting an escaped prisoner
Mr. Dutton suffered from a number of health problems, including headache and backache, as a result of the incident, and left the police 10 months later.
The following year, Mr. Dutton pursued the matter and claimed at least $ 250,000 from the escaped prisoner's insurance company.
The defense attorney found in 2003 that Mr. Dutton had made "material changes" in employment and personal circumstances, and the lawsuit was finally closed.
It is not known whether Mr. Dutton has received any compensation.
Peter Dutton could lose Dickson's seat to Labor rival Ali France on May 18
During his police career, Mr. Dutton also worked at the National Crime Authority as a detective in the squads for drug and sex offenders in the suburbs of Brisbane.
In his first speech in Parliament in 2001, Mr. Dutton said that during his tenure he had seen "the best and worst that society has to offer".
"I've seen the wonderful, kind nature of people who are ready to offer help to those in their worst hour, and I've seen the disgusting behavior of people who frankly barely justify their existence," he said.
"I am proud of the fact that I have had an outstanding career in the police service and that I have been able to perform duties across the state of Queensland."
After leaving the force, Peter Dutton pursued the matter in court, demanding $ 250,000 from the escaped prisoner's insurance company. The claim was later discontinued
Mr. Dutton has one in common with his Labor rival, former journalist and communications professional Ms. France.
She was also injured in a car accident in 2011 in which one leg was amputated.
Mr. Dutton was recently forced to apologize after accusing his rivals of using their disability as an "excuse" not to go into the electorate.
Mr. Dutton, who defeated Labor front user Cheryl Kernot to win the seat in 2001, now holds his seat by only 1.6 percent.
He lost the Liberal Party's leadership struggle to Scott Morrison last August, but recently received the support of former Prime Minister John Howard, who wrote a letter to voters.
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