UPDATE: A MAN who led police on an extraordinary car chase on three wheels across the southern Gold Coast, crashed into a fence of a home and swam through a lake in a last minute desperate attempt to evade officers will spend his 38th birthday behind bars.
The 37-year-old Tugun man appeared briefly in the Southport Magistrates Court on Friday morning where police prosecutors opposed bail after highlighting the offender’s lengthy seven-page traffic history.
The case was adjourned until next Tuesday and the man was remanded in custody.
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The Gold Coast Bulletin reports the man’s birthday is tomorrow, in which he will now be celebrating behind bars.
EARLIER: A 37-YEAR-OLD man will face court today after allegedly leading police on an extraordinary chase across the southern Gold Coast overnight before he was hunted down and bitten by a Police Dog.
Officers were investigating reports of a “man acting aggressively” near the corner of Kitchener and Marion Streets around midnight on Thursday when a silver sedan sped from the scene, heading north along Coolangatta Road.
It will be alleged the vehicle travelled at speed along Stewart Road and towards the Pacific Motorway overpass with the driver failing to stop when police attempted to intercept the car.
Officers chose not to initiate an official police pursuit due to safety concerns, instead they were authorized to deploy road spikes.
It’s understood the vehicle then crashed through a front fence of a house in Boyd Street before coming into contact with the spikes.
The wreckage was located by patrolling police a short time later.
It’s alleged the male driver fled on foot and jumped into a lake near the crash scene in an effort to avoid detection.
A police dog tracked the driver around the lake, through bush land, parks and residential buildings before finding him in the car park of the John Flynn Hospital.
But instead of surrendering to police, the man again attempted to run. He didn’t get far with the police dog giving chase and biting him on the thigh. The man received treatment for a minor puncture wound.
The 37-year-old Tugun man has been charged with dangerous driving of a motor vehicle, evade police, driving while under the influence of liquor or a drug and unlicensed driving.
He was due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.
Investigating police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a silver sedan driving in the Tugun and Coolangatta areas around midnight, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.