A GOLD COAST truck driver is set to be slapped with a raft of charges, after allegedly creating a path of destruction along the Pacific Highway with his B-double.
Police say the Nerang man, 48, was behind the wheel of two trailers, laden with an estimated 50-tonnes of freight, when he was spotted driving erratically and without headlights on Saturday night.
“Just after 8pm, police began receiving multiple calls to Triple Zero reporting that a heavy vehicle with no headlights was being driven erratically northbound on the Pacific Highway, swerving between lanes and running over guard posts,” Police said in a statement.
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Highway Patrol officers intercepted the B-double at Glenugie, about 20km south of Grafton, and directed the driver to stop.
However, police allege the driver instead attempted to run the highway patrol vehicle off the road after a pursuit was initiated.
“Highway Patrol officers followed the vehicle north along the highway to the Grafton township, where a caged police truck was positioned to stop southbound vehicles as a precaution.
“Police will allege the driver of the B-double side-swiped the police truck as it was driven through the town; the truck crew were not in the vehicle at the time.
“The pursuit continued through the town and a further 50km north before the driver stopped on the Mororo Bridge at Chatsworth Island.
“Police allege the driver resisted attempts to remove him from the cabin before he was taken into custody.”
The Nerang man was taken to Grafton Base Hospital for mandatory testing, and due to concerns he was allegedly under the influence of illicit drugs.
He has been kept in hospital for observation due to concerns for his health.
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