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Man arrested in Helidon after bushland chase

Emergency service crews searched bushland at a Sandy Ck Rd property this morning for a man wanted in connection with offences in Toowoomba and Helidon.
Emergency service crews searched bushland at a Sandy Ck Rd property this morning for a man wanted in connection with offences in Toowoomba and Helidon. Derek Barry

POLICE have arrested a man in Helidon after a dramatic chase through bush land early this morning.

Gatton officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham said the 23-year-old Toowoomba man was disturbed in bushland near a house on Sandy Creek Road at Grantham at daybreak this morning.

Several emergency services including police and rural and urban fire fighters attended the scene and tried to locate the man after he ran into bush land and scrambled over a cliff.

Snr Sgt Missingham said it appeared the man may have been disoriented.

He said the man was located two hours later by police at Helidon and was taken into custody.

Police said the man robbed a shop at Helidon this morning and he has been also been charged for a house fire in the Toowoomba suburb of Centenary Heights yesterday afternoon.

He has been charged with two counts of assaulting police, willful damage by fire, shop stealing, trespass and possession of dangerous drugs.

Topics:  grantham, helidon, police


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