Police thank public

POLICE have thanked members of the public who assisted in the detaining of a man responsible for Monday’s bizarre high speed accident in Boyne Island.

A 36-year-old Gladstone man and his two female passengers fled from the scene after the Ford Falcon they were travelling in veered off Malpas Street into bushland.

Hearing the crash, two painters working nearby attended the accident scene where they were informed by witnesses that the driver had fled on foot, making a getaway along Tarcoola Drive.

The two painters gave chase, cornering the offender at the Colyer Park ponds in Edward Street until police arrived.

The vehicle was reportedly observed driving at excessive speeds and overtaking vehicles dangerously a short time before the accident.

It is further alleged the vehicle had collided with a Daewoo Lanos before leaving the scene.

Tannum Sands Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tony Poli said the man was remanded in custody and was expected to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle, disqualified driving, leaving the scene of an accident, obstructing police and assault police.

Snr Sgt Poli said police thanked all members of the public who directed police towards where the man was hiding.

He said anyone who may have witnessed the incident and had not spoken to police should do so by phoning Tannum Sands Police Station on 4979 9444.

No details in relation to the court proceedings were available at the time of going to print.

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