Two police chases that occurred almost simultaneously in Brisbane yesterday, left four police officers injured, 10 cars damaged and a series of charges against a man and five children.
The first incident occurred shortly after 5:20 p.m. when police spotted a 20-year-old Stafford Heights man in a stolen Toyota Camry in East Brisbane.
A Highway Patrol officer noticed the car that was reported stolen and the lights and sirens sounded at the intersection of Stanley and Wellington streets.
Footage from the officer’s body camera showed the side of the car slipping three parked cars waiting at the lights as the driver appeared to push the car to escape.
Police continued a chase along Stanley Street, Wooloongabba, as the car continued to drive dangerously towards Pacific Highway, where it collided with two other cars before the chase was deemed too risky and canceled.
The driver continued through Brisbane’s financial district before colliding with a truck at the intersection of William and Margaret streets.
The man then left the badly damaged car and left on foot before police located him and arrested him shortly thereafter.
He was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading the police and driving without a license.
He was also charged with five counts of intentional damage and two counts of theft.
The man was denied bail and appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.
In a separate incident, another manhunt began when a group of children, three boys and two girls between the ages of 12 and 14, allegedly stole alcohol from a bottle shop on Sherwood Street, Sherwood, around 5.30pm.
Police were called and Polair helped track down the group that allegedly got away in a stolen Toyota Landcruiser.
The car was allegedly tracked driving dangerously and at high speeds around Logan before officers used a tire deflation device to try to stop it.
But the children allegedly continued their escape, driving on car tires, and police continued the chase north on the M1 motorway.
Police say the allegedly stolen car then collided with a marked police vehicle, injuring the four officers inside.
While trying to stop the allegedly stolen car, three other police cars were also damaged.
Police eventually stopped the car in Greenslopes, where the five children were detained.
Each of them has been charged with a number of crimes including theft, dangerous driving and illegal use of a vehicle.
Each will face the juvenile court at a later time.