Man evades police over 900km in north west Queensland

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LONG RIDE: Police eventually caught up to the offender in Charters Towers after he stole fuel in Camooweal and a car in Julia Creek. Photo: stockA Victorian man has been arrested for stealing a motor vehicleand a string of other offences afterPolice tracked him over900 kilometres through north -Queensland.
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Police pursuedthe driver of a stolen vehicle just before midday onMarch 1after he stole petrol from a service station at Camooweal.

He was monitored through Mount Isa and Cloncurry before stealinga vehicle in Julia Creek and driving all the way to Charter’s Towers.

The 23-year-old man has been charged with various offences includingunlawful use of a motor vehicleand stealing, and has been remanded in custody, facing court on March 9.

Acting Detective InspectorSean Wade from Mount Isa Police says it was not a “police chase” as police were unsure whether the man carried a firearm.

He described it asan intercept operation involvingpolice teams across the district.

“Upon intercepting the vehicle in Camooweal for a fuel drive off, the vehicle drove in an erratic manner and sped off towards Mount Isaat a rate of knots,” Inspector Wade said.

Unfortunately police were not able to catch up to him in Mount Isa, and the vehicle continued on toJulia Creek where the offender jumped out and stole another vehicle.

Inspector Wade blamed radio communications for their failure to apprehend the driver in Mount Isa.

“Onceofficers inCamoowealreachedradio reception they notified Mount Isa and Townsville police,” Inspector Wade said.

“We tried to intercept him before he got into Mount Isa but due to the tyranny of distance and the lack of communication, he got throughbefore we received that information,” he said.

Police put interception strategies in place outside Cloncurry, which were ineffective in stopping the car.

Inspector Wade said police kept their distance, as a chase could have put the public’s safety at risk.

“When we try and intercept vehicles we have considerations to take into account, including the safety of our officers and the public.”

“We have to consider all the possible implications of intercepting, what the offence might be, who they are, whether we can readily IDthem, whether they are carrying any weapons.”

Inspector Wade said that in ruraltowns, there may only be one or two officers covering a lot of ground.

“We don’t have police on every corner in small country towns unfortunately, and as luck would have it police weren’t in the location where he dumped the vehicle, so we weren’t able to apprehend him before he got into another vehicle,” Inspector Wade said.

Residents of Julia Creek advised the police about the second stolen vehicle, and Inspector Wade said members of the public are often instrumental in solving crimes in the rural areas of Queensland.

“We were able to then identity the vehicle that he had stolen, and we were also able to identify that he was not in possession of a firearm,” Inspector Wade said.

Police forRichmond, Hughenden, and Charters Towers took over the operation once it was established they had enough resources.

The abandoned vehicle was located early on Thursday morningby an off duty police officer west of Charters Towers.

Shortly after this the manwas arrested ata business in Charters Towers and taken into custody.

He has been charged with three counts offailing to stop a motor vehicle,one charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, one charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, one charge of bringing stolen goods into Queensland for the second stolen car, one charge of stealing, and various other traffic offences.

The Victoria man is due to appear incourt in Townsville on March 9.

North West Star, Mount Isa

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