Police officer dragged by car during dramatic Gold Coast pursuit

Two police officers have been injured, with one dragged along the road, as they tried to stop a female driver on the Gold Coast on Friday night.

Around 11.44pm, a police patrol attempted to intercept the white Toyota Hilux on Binstead Way at Pacific Pines when the female driver allegedly became aggressive towards officers before speeding off.

As a result, the ute’s tray struck one of the officers causing minor injuries.


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The same vehicle was spotted a short time later in a nearby street and as officers were attempting to intercept it, the driver crashed into an unmarked police vehicle on the M1 on-ramp at Pacific Pines.

The driver reversed back before travelling south on the M1 where a pursuit was authorised until the Police helicopter (Polair 1) was able to track the ute.

The road pursuit was terminated a short time later, but Polair 1 stayed in the air, tracking the woman and the ute.

Road spikes were rolled out, but were unsuccessful, before the ute turned into Bermuda Street at Reedy Creek, where officers attempted to remove the keys from the driver.

It is alleged the driver then accelerated dragging one of the officers a short distance before turning into Cumberland Drive at Varsity Lakes.

The driver then fled on foot with Polair 1 advising officers on the ground to her location where she was arrested without incident.

The 23-year-old has been charged with two counts each of assault police, fail to stop motor vehicle, one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possess dangerous drugs, possess utensils and unlawful possession of suspected stolen property.

She is expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court later today.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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