Police officer injured by carjackers released from hospital

UPDATE [10.52am]: The Queensland Police investigation into yesterday's alleged dangerous driving incident which started in Caboolture and ended in New South Wales is continuing.

Early this morning, officers from the New South Wales Police Force charged two men with attempted murder and a number of other offences in relation to the conclusion of the incident, which occurred just over the border in Tweed Heads.

Today, detectives from Moreton District CIB will continue to speak to those involved in yesterday's incident and review footage obtained from both PolAir 1 and PolAir 2.

The Queensland Police Service acknowledges the matter is now before a NSW Court and any decision relating to potential extradition will be made at the appropriate time.

The QPS will continue to liaise with the New South Wales Police Force as a matter of course.

A 25-year-old male constable was discharged from Caboolture Hospital last night after receiving treatment for injuries including a gash to his arm, friction burns to his lower legs and a broken ankle.


EARLIER: "MAKE sure you pull over and vest up."

The words of a police communications officer proved prophetic when shots were fired in a dramatic end to a desperate 200km run from the Sunshine Coast to New South Wales by armed men in stolen cars yesterday.

One car was stolen, three cars were hijacked at gunpoint and a policeman was run down during two-and-a-half hours of mayhem straight out of a Grand Theft Auto video game.




Two men were finally arrested at Tweed Heads after NSW police deployed spikes to disable their vehicle.

The drama began at Caboolture about midday when police, seeking a man on a return to prison warrant, identified a stolen vehicle.

Superintendent Mike Brady said a police officer was struck by the vehicle as it left the premises at speed.

The injured officer was being treated in hospital last night for a broken ankle and leg injuries.

Police helicopter footage showed the men, one armed with what appeared to be a handgun, dumping the car on Pumicestone Rd and hijacking another.

Supt Brady alleged the men later forced a woman and her toddler out of a four-wheel-drive at Morayfield Shopping Centre at gunpoint before then abandoning it for a blue car.

PolAir and various police cars tracked the vehicle as it headed north on to the Steve Irwin Way, through Glasshouse Mountains, into a dead-end road where it doubled back and sped towards the Bruce Hwy via Johnston Rd.



The vehicle was spotted at Caboolture and Burpengary before heading to Deception Bay and down the highway to the Gateway Arterial Rd where it tore down to the Gold Coast.

It allegedly reached speeds of up to 170kmh during the mad game of road roulette, dodging and weaving between cars and across double white lines and spearing towards oncoming traffic.

Supt Brady said the victims of the alleged hijacks were shaken.

"The offenders were desperate and they showed by their propensity to use violence and their disregard to people that they just didn't care," he said.

Police resisted giving chase in hot pursuit, relying on PolAir and a television station helicopter to track the vehicle at times.

Within an hour of it swinging on to the Gateway, NSW police spotted it on the Pacific Mwy approaching the Tugun bypass and laid spikes.

The car continued driving on punctured tyres for a short distance before it came to a halt near Tweed Heads about 2.30pm.

Up to four shots were allegedly fired before police were able to arrest two male suspects.

NSW police said they did not shoot.

The men were taken to the Tweed Heads police station.

It is understood Caboolture police will look to extradite the men to face numerous charges.

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