Fugitive taunts police after being wrongly released

A WRONGLY released prisoner is on the run on the Fraser Coast and has warned police that if they want him, they will have to shoot him.

Maryborough's Nathan Mitchell, 30, was on remand on drug trafficking charges when he was mistakenly allowed to walk free from the Woodford Correctional Centre, one week ahead of a scheduled court appearance.

The former Brothers rugby league player, who is understood to be awaiting the birth of his first child, was arrested as part of an investigation into a supply of methamphetamines at Maryborough jail in November.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima were raiding Mitchell's home when drugs were allegedly in his backyard.

Mitchell was refused bail and transferred to Woodford shortly before Christmas.

Queensland Corrective Services confirmed yesterday that a prisoner had been "incorrectly" released from the jail and an internal review was underway to determine how that could have occurred.

A warrant for Mitchell's arrest and return to prison remained current last night.

Hervey Bay CIB Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said he had spoken with Mitchell by phone as recently as yesterday and believed he was still in the Fraser Coast area.

He said the troubled prisoner had shared a post on social media stating police "are on my ar**" and suggested it would take guns to apprehend him.

He also warned Mitchell, who was recorded as being hepatitis C positive, was considered dangerous due to his history of firearm related offences.

Mitchell also left a voice message for the Chronicle asking to speak to a reporter, however, as he is technically still classed as prisoner, it would be illegal to agree to an interview.

Anyone who sees Mitchell is asked not to approach him but to call 000 immediately.



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