Ian Thorpe, Giaan Rooney ferried around Commonwealth Games ‘in stolen car’


Swimming stars Ian Thorpe and Giaan Rooney were forced to walk the remainder of their journey to the Commonwealth Games aquatic centre to report on the swimming after the car they were in was seized by police.

The pair were riding in the hire car when Gold Coast police pulled it over because it had been listed in their database as a stolen vehicle.

Details of the awkward situation were aired by Channel 7 presenters Tom Williams and Mel McLaughlin during coverage of the Games on Saturday night.

Queensland Police issued a statement in response to questions by The Australian.

“Last night officers detained a hire vehicle which was identified as travelling with New South Wales licence plates which had been reported stolen,” the statement said.

“No one has been charged in relation to the incident.”

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