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Brave police officer speaks about dramatic chase

Gatton sergeant Tony Harm was forced to use capsicum spray and to taser a 32-year-old man after a car chase in Gatton on Wednesday.
Gatton sergeant Tony Harm was forced to use capsicum spray and to taser a 32-year-old man after a car chase in Gatton on Wednesday. Amy Lyne

THE police officer who brought to end a pursuit in Gatton has spoken in detail of his dramatic role in the chase.

Gatton sergeant Tony Harm wrestled a 32-year-old Brassall man under a barb wired fence where he was forced to use capsicum spray to subdue the man after he tried to take his gun.

He eventually tasered the man to make the arrest.

"I just caught an offender, that's all that happened and this just goes on all day every day in Queensland by lots of police," he said.

He said the struggle under the fence was a last ditch effort to grab hold of him, when the man tried to take hold of his gun.

"I thought he's trying to grab my gun, better give him a face full of spray," he said.

"So I deployed OC (capsicum) spray and that didn't have the immediate desired effect I was after and eventually I lost his grip, his watch came off and he was able to pull away from me but I followed him shortly after."

Sgt Harm said after chasing the man for 500 metres, they were both a bit knocked up.

"That's why I didn't want to let him go, I didn't want to chase him anymore, I deployed a taser and was able to subdue him and handcuff him."

The drama all unfolded on Wednesday morning around 9.42am when Ipswich District police were advised the alleged stolen silver utility was in Esk.

After stingers failed to stop the vehicle on the Brisbane Valley Highway, it continued into Gatton.

Sgt Harm said they became involved in a car pursuit for around 15 minutes before the car crashed on Woodlands Road.

After following the car into Woodlands Road heading out of Gatton, Sgt Harm said despite having lights and sirens activated, his actions indicated he was not going to pull over.

"So a pursuit commenced out of town heading south," he said.

"Stingers were deployed but I understand he probably spotted them ahead, did a u turn back towards us and we continued our pursuit then back the way he came along Woodlands Rd and eventually he's come to a bit of a crash and legged it out of the car into a paddock.

"We were a little bit behind him at that point, spotted him trekking through the paddock and myself and my offsider gave chase and eventually caught up with him."

The suspect has been charged with 25 offences, including nine counts of burglary, some of which will be alleged to have occurred on the Sunshine Coast and two counts of dangerous operation, fail to stop motor vehicle, driving UIL, and possessing dangerous drugs, and one count of serious assault police, obstruct police, and serious assault of a person 60 years and over.

He was due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.

Topics:  car chase, editors picks, gatton police, lockyer valley, pursuit


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