A TEENAGE fugitive has managed to somehow travel a remarkable 880km to the Gold Coast without being caught after escaping police custody in central Queensland last week.
The 17-year-old managed to give police the slip while he was being escorted from a courthouse back to the watchhouse in Emerald on Tuesday afternoon, August 15.
The teen sprinted into a stranger’s backyard and a stole a white Nissan Navara which was found dumped at Springsure several hours later.
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Following a week-long statewide manhunt, the 17-year-old was located and arrested in Nerang yesterday.
He was charged with six offences including escape lawful custody, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and stealing.
The teen fronted Southport Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody to reappear on September 13.