UPDATE | Man charged over alleged M1 rampage and police assault

UPDATE at Sunday January 13 2019 | A LOGAN man is set to face a Gold Coast court, after he allegedly caused chaos on the Pacific Motorway and tried to steal a Police officer’s gun.

Police say the 44-year-old drove a ute at high speeds southbound on the M1 around 8pm on Friday before smashing into two other vehicles and then striking a roadworks barrier in Mudgeeraba.

The man tried to make a run for it and allegedly attempted to push a person off a motorcycle that had stopped at the crash site.


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A 47-year-old female police officer from the Forensic Crash Unit who was travelling on the motorway stopped at the scene and confronted the man.

It’s alleged a struggle began and the man assaulted the police officer while trying to wrestle her gun from her.

Four members of the public assisted the officer by holding the man down until more police crews arrived and took him into custody.

The Munruben man has been charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and serious assault.

He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

EARLIER January 12 2019 at 10:30 AM | A SPEEDING driver who took out two cars on the M1 at Mudgeeraba allegedly bashed a female police officer and tried taking her gun before being tackled by members of the public, it has been revealed.

“The offender’s grappled very hard with her and attempted to take her gun, but luckily there was other members of the public that were able to assist her in holding the man down,” Inspector Brendan Wiblen told 9News.

The dramatic scenes played out in the southbound lanes of the motorway near Exit 80 just after 8pm on Friday.

Three people, including a child, were injured when the 44-year-old man lost control of his ute and smashed into two cars and a barrier at a roadworks site.

Witnesses reported seeing the man travelling at excessive speeds and weaving in-and-out of traffic shortly before the crash.

“F***** idiot almost cleaned us up driving at 200kmh … what a mess,” one man told Gold Coast Weather & News Together.

“I didn’t even get to see him in the rear view mirror … he was inches from our car and just blurred past us.”

Immediately after the collision, it’s alleged the man tried fleeing the scene before attempting to bike-jack a woman on a motorbike who had stopped at the site.

A 47-year-old female police officer driving along the motorway witnessed the incident and stopped to confront the man but it’s alleged he assaulted her and tried stealing her firearm.

That’s when police said several members of the public  rushed in and helped the female officer hold the man down until back up arrived.

The police helicopter was dispatched to the scene and, according to witnesses, “about 10 police cars” swooped on the area.

The man was arrested and taken to hospital with a laceration to his head and shoulder.

He was still in custody “assisting police with their enquiries” on Saturday morning.

The female officer was treated by paramedics before she and the occupants of the cars were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said a man in his 60s sustained a head injury, while a woman and child sustained minor injuries.

The female officer was taken to Robina Hospital for treatment, while the injured occupants were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The incident sparked a major police response and triggered lengthy delays for motorists travelling through the already congested roadwork site.

As investigations continue, officers are appealing for the rider of the motorbike the man attempted to steal to come forward and contact them.

Police are also urging anyone who was driving through the area with a dash camera or who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

UPDATE at 2:30 AM SATURDAY | A FEMALE police officer has been taken to hospital after allegedly being bashed by a man trying to flee the scene of a high speed crash on the M1.

The dramatic scenes unfolded in the southbound lanes of the motorway at Mudgeeraba, near Exit 80, just after 8pm.

In a statement, police confirmed several people were injured when a ute travelling at high speeds smashed into two cars before striking a barrier and coming to a stop in the roadworks site.

The driver of the ute, believed to be a 44-year-old man, allegedly tried running away from the scene before attempting to bike-jack a motorcyclist stopped in traffic.

“The man then fled the ute and attempted to push a woman off her motorcycle that had stopped at the site,” police said in the statement.

A female police officer from the Forensic Crash Unit who happened to be driving along the motorway at the time stopped and confronted the man.

Police said a violent struggle broke out, during which the driver of the ute allegedly assaulted the female officer.

That’s when several strangers stepped in. Police said four members of the public helped the officer hold the man down until additional crews arrived and took him into custody.

The female officer was treated by paramedics before she and several other people caught up in the crash were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 44-year-old man was taken to hospital with a laceration to his head and shoulder and was “assisting police with their enquiries” at the time of writing.

The incident sparked a major police response and triggered lengthy delays for motorists travelling through the already congested roadwork site.

As investigations continue, officers are appealing for the female rider of the motorbike that the man attempted to steal to come forward and contact them.

Police are also urging anyone who was driving through the area with a dash camera or who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

FIRST at 9:30 PM FRIDAY | A MULTI-VEHICLE crash halted traffic on the Pacific Motorway at Mudgeeraba on Friday night.

The exact circumstances surrounding are still unknown, but it’s understood a speeding ute smashed into several vehicles in the southbound lanes near Exit 80 just after 8pm.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the driver of that ute then tried to flee the scene, prompting a major police response.

The police helicopter was dispatched and, according to witnesses, “about 10 police cars” swooped on the scene.

“F***** idiot almost cleaned us up driving at 200kmh … what a mess,” one man said in a post on Facebook.

“I didn’t even get to see him in the rear view mirror … he was inches from our car and just blurred past us.

“I hope they get him (the driver) and he pays for the pain he has caused those poor motorists he crashed into. I pray they are ok.”

Kerri-ann Rudolph Sinanovic was driving back to Sydney when she said the ute tore past her at high speed.

“We saw a ute speeding past us and thought ‘what a f***wit, he’s going to cause an accident’,” she said.

“Ten minutes down the road – traffic at a stand still, cops everywhere.

“We all start driving through the accident and we see the ute (and) then the guy driving it 100m down on the opposite side of the road with police.”

It is was not immediately clear if any arrests had been made or how many people if any were injured in the crash.

Southbound traffic was still slow moving at the time of writing, while the northbound lanes were heavily affected.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if they can while emergency services attend and the scene is cleared.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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