Stolen car abandoned on tram tracks after CBD crash

UPDATE at 9:00 PM | POLICE are searching for three people who allegedly took a stolen car on a destructive joyride through Southport, side-swiping cars and performing burnouts, before abandoning the wrecked car on the tram tracks.

Two males and a female were seen jumping out of the yellow Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and running off after dumping it at the intersection of Nerang and Queen streets just before 5.30pm on Friday.

The Mitsubishi reportedly collided with a silver SUV on nearby Whitby Street before its driver continued onto Queen Street and allegedly started spinning the wheels at the Nerang Street intersection.


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It’s understood the driver crashed into a gutter before he and his two passengers abandoned the car on the tram tracks.

Kimberly Nichles witnessed the chaos. She was driving through the area with four small children in her car when the dramatic scenes unfolded.

She was interviewed by police at the scene and later told myGC she saw the occupants take off on foot after one of the car’s tyres exploded.

“They did a burnout until the tyre busted then they got out of the car and ran off,” she said.

“They did it right in front of me (and) almost cleaned up me plus the four little girls in my car.”

Ms Nichles said the driver appeared to deliberately park the wrecked car across the tram tracks before running away.

“It was totally intentional that they parked on the tracks. I think they were trying to time it with the tram.”

The bright-coloured Lancer had only been stolen a few hours earlier.

Plain-clothed detectives and uniformed police swooped on the scene, but the suspects could not be found.

Ms Nichles said the female suspect “had pink streaks in her hair” and was wearing tight grey pants “with visible black undies” and a pink shirt. She was also carrying a rainbow bag.

Light rail services were suspended in the area for around 30 minutes and police helped direct traffic through the busy intersection while crews worked to clear the scene.

Thankfully, no-one was injured.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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.

FIRST ON MYGC: POLICE are searching for three people who were seen in a stolen car, doing burnouts at a major intersection in Southport before dumping it on the tram tracks.

The occupants of the yellow Mitsubishi left the car on the tracks and fled the scene after crashing it at the intersection of Queen and Nerang Streets just before 5.30pm.

It’s understood the Mitsubishi first side-swiped a silver SUV on Whitby Street before its driver started performing burnouts at the Queen Street intersection.

PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck / myGC

PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck / myGC

Kimberly Nichles told myGC she watched in shock as the driver and his passengers jumped out of the car and took off on foot after one of the car’s tyres exploded.

“They did a burnout until the tyre busted then they got out of the car and ran off,” she said.

Trams were ground to a halt in both directions through the CBD while crews worked to remove the car.

PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck / myGC

There are reports the Mitsubishi may have been stolen.

Uniformed and plain-clothed police swooped on the area in the search for the occupants, but they could not be found.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged 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.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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Not very smart, the CCTV along the tram network is extremely good 🙂