A man has been charged with a long list of offences after allegedly evading police in a car stolen from the Sunshine Coast before crashing the vehicle in Maryborough on Thursday.
It will be alleged around midday the 30-year-old man entered a car dealership on Industrial Avenue at Caloundra, took the keys of a car being serviced and threatened staff before driving away in a vehicle.
Police said the same car was observed around 12.45pm allegedly driving at high speed on the Bruce Highway northbound through Kybong where it crashed into a guide post without stopping and nearly collided with a truck.
The vehicle then clipped the side of another car at the intersection of Excelsior Road and continued travelling at high speed through the centre of Gympie.
Around 1.15pm, police attempted to intercept the alleged stolen vehicle after it was observed being driven at high speed northbound on the Bruce Highway through Gunalda.
The car evaded police and continued along the Bruce Highway, police allege.
A short time later, the vehicle was involved in a traffic crash on Pallas Street in Maryborough.
The male driver allegedly fled the scene and was later detained by police after being located hiding under a house on Albert Street.
A 30-year-old Toowoomba man has been charged with three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of fail to stop vehicle, and one count each of unlawful use of motor vehicle, driving under the influence of a drug, wilful damage, unlawful possession of suspected stolen property, trespass, possess property suspected of having been acquired for the purpose of committing a drug offence, and unlicensed driving.
He is due to appear in Maryborough Magistrates Court on Thursday.
UPDATE 7.25PM: A DRIVER, who allegedly stole a car from a Sunshine Coast dealership before speeding up the highway and crashing at Maryborough is expected to front court on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Toowoomba man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after allegedly smashing into a family car and fleeing the scene.
Police allege the man took the white Hyundai hatchback from a Maroochydore dealership where it was being serviced and drove north, evading police at Gympie, Gunalda and finally Maryborough.
He had allegedly sped through a school zone moments before crashing into a car carrying two women and a toddler.
The buckled wreck, entangled in a fence outside the Alice 'n' Pallas Therapy Centre, partially blocked the busy corner, causing peak hour chaos.
Maryborough Police Sergeant Steve Wheeler said the alleged driver was found hiding under a house on nearby Keith St.
Witness Taylor Gielisse said the man allegedly ran through her backyard, and her neighbour tried to stop him.
"I'm still shaking," Ms Gielisse said.
"I looked out the window and police were surrounding my house, I thought I might have done something, but then I went down and saw him with police and asked 'what's going on?' and they pretty much told me to go inside and lock my doors."
Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Martin Kelly told the Chronicle paramedics treated four people at the scene including the alleged offender.
"The two-year-old baby was in a baby seat and was uninjured. One lady was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with lower back pain, and the other lady was taken to Maryborough Hospital with soft tissue injuries, both were in stable conditions," Mr Kelly said.
The man was last night expected to be charged with nine offences including dangerous operation of a vehicle, three counts of evading police, trespassing and unlicensed driving.
Sgt Wheeler said lives were potentially endangered during the ordeal which ended about 4pm.
UPDATE 5.30PM: A 30-year-old Toowoomba man is being questioned by Maryborough police at the watchhouse following a crash on the corner of Alice and Pallas streets.
Police will alleged the man stole the car from a dealership on at Maroochydoore before failing to stop for police in Gympie, Gunalda and Maryborough before the crash just after 2.30pm.
Police allege the man sped through a Maryborough school zone moments before colliding with another car.
Two adult women have been taken to hospital with suspected spinal and muscular injuries.
The man is expected to be charged later tonight.
EARLIER: A CAR believed to be stolen from the Sunshine Coast has crashed at Maryborough and the driver arrested.
The two-car crash happened 2.40pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Police attempted to intercept the car at several locations on the Bruce Highway but were unsuccessful.
The car, a white Hyundai with green P plates, was driven to Maryborough where it was involved in a crash with a grey Holden Captiva at the Alice St and Pallas St intersection.
It's alleged the driver of the suspected stolen car fled the scene, but was soon taken into custody.
The Hyundai ended up in the fence outside Alice and Pallas Therapy Centre.
Emergency services are diverting traffic around the intersection.
More to come.
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