Man arrested after helicopter pilot spots him allegedly lighting fires

A MAN has been arrested after a helicopter pilot allegedly spotted him lighting fires in Queensland’s Whitsundays.

Around 3.00pm on Wednesday, police were called to Conway Road in Palm Grove by the pilot who had observed a man allegedly lighting blazes near Cedar Creek Falls.

When police located the man, he allegedly rammed their car with his vehicle, forcing police to shoot at it.


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The man was then taken into custody before being transported to Proserpine Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the collision.

Two officers were also hospitalised for minor injuries.

A crime scene has since been declared, with the matter being investigated by the Ethical Standards Command, with oversight from the Crime and Corruption Commission.

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