ON THE RISE: Condamine River flooding at the weekend, captured by Steven Kasper.
ON THE RISE: Condamine River flooding at the weekend, captured by Steven Kasper.

Warwick man wades into floodwaters to avoid arrest

UPDATE 9AM: A WARWICK man waded into the flooded Condamine River to escape police arrest on Warwick Allora Rd yesterday afternoon.

Two police crews were called to the scene about 1.30pm, after reports of a disturbance on the road near John Dee.

Sergeant Ryan Harmer said 29-year-old Matthew John Baque was allegedly driving erratically, revving the car engine, and yelling.

"When police turned up he ran from the car, down the embankment and waded into the water," Sgt Harmer said.

"But he didn't get that far in."

Police were forced to enter the water to arrest Baque and did not require the assistance of the State Emergency Services swift water rescue crew

Baque was later transported to the watchhouse and medically evaluated.

The man was charged with four offences including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of dangerous drugs and driving without a license.

He will appear at Warwick Magistrates Court this morning.

EARLIER: A MAN is in police custody after falling into the Condamine River in Warwick this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 1.20pm to rescue the man from the rising flood waters between John Dee and the footbridge on the Allora back road.

Warwick police are reported to have entered the water themselves.

The man was recovered from the water within 15 minutes and is currently being transported to Warwick watch house where he will undergo a medical evaluation, according to sergeant Greg Burton.

"It's still going on, we only just got him," Sgt Burton said.

"It was out of the water and now into custody."

Police have not decided what they will charge the man with at this time, according to Sergeant Shane Reid. 


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