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Man makes bomb threat and rams police cars in rampage

Police vehicles were damaged on Thursday night, after a man rammed vehicles, before leading officers on a chase and making a bomb hoax at QAL.
Police vehicles were damaged on Thursday night, after a man rammed vehicles, before leading officers on a chase and making a bomb hoax at QAL. Brenda Strong

A 28-YEAR-OLD man is being held in the Gladstone watch house after a drunken rampage on Thursday night that involved a police pursuit, a bomb hoax and damage to three police cars.

Gladstone CIB detective senior sergeant Luke Peachey said officers had performed exceptionally throughout the hour-long incident, after the man engaged police by knocking on the back door of the station at 8.30pm.

He then rammed a vehicle and made his way to Stockland shopping centre, where he damaged another police vehicle, before heading out to QAL land.

Once at the QAL site, the man informed security he had a bomb in his car.

When officers arrived at QAL with lights flashing, the man fled the scene, side-swiping a police vehicle as he went.

A short pursuit followed, before the man was apprehended and taken into custody on Dawson Hwy.

 The surrounding area was evacuated and a specialist cleared the vehicle.

No one was physically injured in any of the incidents.

The man has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Saturday.

He is facing charges including three counts of wilful damage police vehicles, two counts of evade police, and one count each of bomb hoax, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, trespass, and disqualified driving. 

Det Snr Sgt Peachey condemned the man's actions.

"Oh look, they're completely reckless. He's posed that many threats as you say to the public and anyone out there on the roads," he said.

"Obviously his actions, that have gone and engaged police, he's obviously had a mentality that he wanted to engage police in some sort of, whether it be pursuit, or wanted some sort of action taken against him by police.

"It goes beyond reason and hopefully in the wash, when we're able to actually speak to him, we find out what his motive was for this."

Police vehicles were damaged on Thursday night, after a man rammed vehicles, before leading officers on a chase and making a bomb hoax at QAL.
Police vehicles were damaged on Thursday night, after a man rammed vehicles, before leading officers on a chase and making a bomb hoax at QAL. Brenda Strong

Topics:  bomb threat, crime, gladstone police, police chase



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