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From: The Courier-Mail
January 13, 2012
THREE members of the notorious Gypsy Joker motorcycle club were charged with drug driving yesterday as police intensified surveillance of the club amid suspicions they were planning to expand their presence in Queensland.
Police intercepted the bikies at a road block during the gang's annual National Run gathering.
A fourth gang member was charged with public nuisance.
Side roads were blocked and police officers directed traffic at intersections to allow gang members to ride between their Everton Park clubhouse and the Crown Hotel in Dayboro, before stopping them for roadside breath testing on their return.
Dozens of marked and unmarked police cars, 4WDs and motorbikes surrounded the group of about 80 bikies during the ride but denied their presence was an "escort".
Dayboro locals came out of their homes and businesses to watch the convoy amidst rumours members of rival gang the Rebels were expected.
One woman who did not wish to be named said she expected the Rebels to arrive because it was "their territory".
"If they did come there would be a massive fight," she said.
The Crown Hotel publican, who also did not wish to be named, said the bikies were just like any other customers but she understood the need for a police presence.
"If the Rebels or some other gang decided to come here it wouldn't have been over the top," she said.
"Looking back it was over the top - but you just never know what's going to happen."
Detective Chief Superintendent Gayle Hogan from State Crime Operations said the police presence was necessary to maintain public safety.
"When there is a group we feel could intimidate the public we do use this form of policing," she said.
"The Queensland public expects us to keep them safe and the QPS will monitor and take whatever action is necessary to ensure the public does not feel intimidated."
But residents who watched the convoy said the pub was well-known as a popular venue for large groups of motorcycle riders taking the scenic road between Mt Nebo and Mt Mee.
"It's not so much the bikies that are spinning me out, it's the police presence," said Bec Martin from Craig Doyle Real Estate.
Local Mark Parfitt agreed the police presence was over the top.
"They're only blokes on bikes having a beer," he said. "The police presence is sometimes only antagonistic."