Man charged after allegedly hitting several cars on M1 causing major Christmas Day delays

A man’s been charged after allegedly driving dangerously on the M1, hitting several cars and causing massive delays for people trying to get to Christmas lunch.

A Ford Territory was seen weaving in and out traffic in the southbound lanes around 10.45am on Tuesday, reaching speeds of 165 km/h.

Several vehicles were reportedly hit as the driver continued down the motorway.


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Police attempted to pull the vehicle over but the driver failed to stop.

He was eventually intercepted at Coomera where he tried to flee before being arrested after a short foot chase.

No one was injured during the incidents but at one stage traffic was queued back for up to 25 kilometres.

The 57-year-old Broadbeach Waters man has been charged with three counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, two counts of evading police and one count each of obstruct police and fraud.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on January 21.

Investigations into the traffic crashes are continuing.

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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