Man towed boat trailer at 130kph
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A 30-year-old man was arrested late yesterday afternoon after a police chase which lasted for more than three hours and 218 kilometres.
Gladstone police Sergeant Paul Ruge said the man, of no fixed address, would appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court this morning charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and multiple dangerous driving offences.
Sgt Ruge said the pursuit commenced at 1.10pm yesterday, after a Mitsubishi dual cab towing a boat trailer and 4.5 metre vessel were stolen from Turkey Beach boat ramp.
'The owner was present at the location and witnessed the vehicle being driven off,' he said.
'It was located heading North on the Bruce Highway near Iveragh. The vehicle refused to stop for police and continued heading north.'
Sgt Ruge said the weighed down vehicle reached speeds of 130kph on the highway.
'At a point between Calliope and Mount Larcom Stinger tyre deflation devices were deployed, and the vehicle's front tyres were deflated,' Sgt Ruge said.
'However the driver continued on and refused to stop.'
A second attempt was made to deflate the remaining tyres north of Mount Larcom unsuccessfully.
The suspect allegedly continued driving on rims north towards Rockhampton flagged by two police vehicles at the rear, and one in front warning motorists to pull over.
Just before Rockhampton the alleged offender turned the vehicle west towards Mount Morgan.
'Further Stingers were deployed between the Mount Morgan turn-off and the Mount Morgan range,' Sgt Ruge said.
'This deflated a further (third) tyre but the offender continued to drive on rims at about 80 kilometres an hour.'
Sgt Ruge said the suspect continued through Mount Morgan and continued on towards Dululu.
'Its speed dropped to around 30 kilometres an hour and at Dululu he headed towards Biloela,' Sgt Ruge said.
'One hundred metres out of the township he was intercepted and taken into custody.
'Basically the vehicle had been driven to the point where it couldn't go any further because it didn't have any rims left.'
The investigation was handed to Gladstone police at 4.17pm.