Man hit with 15 charges after chaos on Toowoomba roads
UPDATE 2.50PM: The 24-year-old Glenvale man involved in the first two out of three major car-related incidents last night has been charged with 15 offences by Toowoomba police.
Police media said the charges included assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlawful use of a vehicle, arson, failing to stop and driving without a licence.
The offences relate to a series of incidents between 4.15pm and 9.30pm last night, where police will allege he ran ran over an officer's foot with a stolen car, burnt it out, then twice evaded police while driving dangerously through the streets of Toowoomba.
THe police helicopter PolAir 1 was called in to monitor the car as it sped through Toowoomba streets, before road spikes finally stopped it in Kearneys Spring about 9.30pm.
The man was remanded in custody and will appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Monday.
The matter is unrelated to another car-related incident last night, when two people were arrested after a Kia Sorento was reported stolen at Harristown about 9.45pm.
UPDATE 8AM: The police helicopter was called in to help police arrest three people involved in different car chases across Toowoomba last night.
It was a busy night for officers after the three separate incidents occurred during the same evening, two of which involved the same suspect.
The wild night first began when police tried to stop a suspicious Jeep Patriot on Anzac Ave in Kearneys Spring about 4.15pm, where a uniformed officer came up to the car to talk with the driver.
The car, allegedly driven by a 24-year-old Glenvale man, then sped off, running over the officer's foot in the process.
Police gave chase but the vehicle was found, burnt out, in Berghofer St at Biddeston.
About four hours later at 8.50pm, patrols noticed a suspicious vehicle on Spring St near where the officer was injured originally.
The car, believed to be a silver Commodore, evaded police until PolAir 1 was in the sky, which kept track of it as it darted through Toowoomba streets.
Police deflated one of the tyres on the vehicle with spikes near South St, with the suspect abandoning the car on Kuhn St and the fleeing on foot.
Earlier reports suggested the man was arrested at Whalan Crt at about 9.30pm, where police charged the man with several offences.
While still in the sky, PolAir 1 were asked to monitor a suspicious vehicle at about 11pm, which was believed to be linked to a stolen car report at 9.45pm in Harristown.
The car, which was believed to be a Kia and had three people on-board, drove onto the Warrego Hwy heading west before making a U-Turn at a petrol station.
Spikes were deployed to deflate the car's tyres, which continued for another 2km until it came to rest on the side of highway.
The occupants fleed on foot, with a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man arrested and charged by police with the help of the dog squad.
The 20-year-old South Toowoomba man was charged with two offences, while the teenager was hit with one offence.
EARLIER: Police have taken a person into custody after reports of a wild chase through several Toowoomba streets tonight.
Initial reports suggest the incident started on the New England Hwy north of Toowoomba, before a chase involving police cars and PolAir stretched across the city.
Queensland Police media said the car, believed to be a silver Holden Commodore, was seen driving down Mort St before running across town to the roundabout of Geddes and South Sts in South Toowoomba.
The vehicle is believed to have blown a tyre on Stumm St in Kearneys Spring before the person fled the vehicle.
Police arrested a person in Whalan Crt about 9.30pm who is believed to have jumped fences and backyards in an effort to evade police.