No bail application for police assault accused
UPDATE: Brassall man Shane Ruben Davis has appeared in court over a police pursuit that ended with a dramatic arrest south of Gatton.
Davis, his face still red from being capsicum sprayed on Wednesday, was walked handcuffed into the dock of the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.
The 32-year-old man is accused of 25 offences, including nine counts of burglary, some of which will be alleged to have occurred on the Sunshine Coast, two counts of dangerous operation, failing to stop a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, possessing dangerous drugs and one count of seriously assaulting police, obstructing police, and the serious assault of a person 60 years and over.
After initially declining to be represented by the free duty lawyer, Davis agreed to be seen by the solicitor minutes before his matter was set to be heard.
He told the court he didn't want the lawyer as he "didn't get on" with one of the duty lawyers, but then found out a different lawyer was the duty lawyer and changed his mind.
Davis consented to a police application for blood to be taken for a disease test. He did not make an application for bail.
He was remanded in custody until May 22.
EARLIER: A 32-YEAR-OLD man will face court this morning on more than 25 charges after allegedly trying to grab a police officer's revolver following a dramatic pursuit in the Gatton area.
The drama started at 9.42am when Ipswich District police were advised that an alleged stolen silver utility was travelling into the Esk area.
After a failed attempt to stop the vehicle with stingers on the Brisbane Valley Highway, near the Coominya turn-off, the vehicle continued into the Gatton and Blenheim area, police said.
Police from Gatton were in pursuit with the vehicle, when it crashed on Woodlands Road near the intersection of Manteuffel Street.
"It was then that the male driver allegedly ran from the scene, with a police officer giving chase.
"After a foot pursuit through the yards of rural properties, the officer caught the offender who allegedly attempted to remove the officer's service firearm from the holster. It was at this stage, the officer deployed OC spray.
"After a continued struggle, the man allegedly ran from the police officer again.
"The officer pursued the man for a short while before deploying a Taser. He was then taken into police custody.
The 32-year-old Brassall man 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 will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.
The police officer sustained minor injuries during the incident.
Cop praised for brave barb-wire tangled arrest
UPDATE: A Gatton police officer has been praised for sliding under a barbed wire fence to catch a man accused of a string of offences between Noosa and the Lockyer Valley.
His actions brought to an end a pursuit which began after a 32-year-old Redbank Plains man allegedly stole a motorbike from a home south of Kilcoy about 9.15am.
Dramatic footage from a helicopter at the end of the pursuit showed the man attempting to grab the Gatton sergeant's gun from his holster as they wrestled from opposite sides of a barbed wire fence.
The officer promptly sprayed the man with capsicum spray before they continued their struggle. A Taser was also deployed while the man was being arrested.
Gatton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham said the man was wanted for a string of stealing offences in the Noosa area, including robbery with violence and stealing a vehicle.
Snr Sgt Missingham said officers were able to track the man in a silver ute after the Kilcoy offence.
"He has forced his way into the house with a steel bar, then entered the garage and taken a motorcycle and placed it on the back of a motor vehicle," Snr Sgt Missingham said.
Police then tracked the man as he headed south on the Brisbane Valley Hwy, through Coominya, onto the Warrego Hwy, exiting towards Forest Hill, through Blenheim and then back towards Gatton.
Snr Sgt Missingham said the man avoided two sets of stingers deployed in the Forest Hill area before crashing on Woodlands Rd about 10.35am.
"He was obviously intent on not being captured."
The man fled on foot through a paddock and past houses before the Gatton sergeant grabbed him as he went under a barbed wire fence.
It was about one kilometre from where the ute had crashed.
The police officer was taken to Gatton Hospital for treatment to superficial cuts.
Paramedics also took the suspect to Gatton Hospital, before taking him to Ipswich Hospital to be monitored for a substance abuse-related condition.
Snr Sgt Missingham said the Gatton officer had done an excellent job detaining the suspect.
Detectives from Gatton Criminal Investigation Branch are working with police from other areas to determine what charges will be laid.
Snr Sgt Missingham said the man was not armed when arrested and it was not clear whether or not he had been in possession of a weapon earlier in the pursuit.