Driver drove through police and injured onlooker

A MAN has been charged in relation to a number of serious traffic offences on the Gold Coast overnight.

Around 7.40pm police intercepted a utility on Cavil Avenue in Surfers Paradise after officers allegedly witnessed the male driver using a mobile phone while driving.

While police were speaking with the man, he allegedly accelerated at speed causing the officers to jump out of the way.

It is alleged the vehicle then struck a number of stationary pedi cabs that were nearby in the street, forcing them to crash into the back of a police vehicle.

Two pedi cabs had drivers seated in them at the time of the collision, with one of them sustaining minor injuries.

The vehicle allegedly continued to drive off at speed. Police did not pursue the vehicle.

Polair located the vehicle a short time later and tracked it through Gold Coast streets as it was driven towards the Hinterland.

Around 8.25pm a tyre deflation device was successfully deployed on Beenleigh-Beudesert
Road at Mundoolan.

The vehicle was driven for a further kilometre before the driver lost control of the
utility and collided with a pole. He then fled the vehicle and was later arrested by police.

A 35-year-old Crestmead man has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, obstruct police, disqualified driving and using a mobile phone while driving.

He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court today.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. 


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