Man behind bars over fire truck joyride

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The fire truck with flat tyres being towed back to its Beenleigh base from Tamborine Mountain. IMAGE: 7News SOURCE: Twitter

A MAN accused of stealing a $1m fire truck and taking it on a joyride through the Gold Coast hinterland has been remanded in custody and ordered to undergo a mental health assessment.

It’s alleged Jason Kelly, 25, stole a specialist fire truck from a Beenleigh station around 9am on Saturday and drove it 30km to Tamborine Mountain where it was tracked using the vehicle’s GPS device.


Police used tyre-deflation devices known as stingers to bring the man’s joyride to an end.

He appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court in handcuffs on Monday, charged with two counts of failing to stop a motor vehicle and one count each of driving unlicensed and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The Bulletin reports station staff left the ignition of the truck running to charge the engine’s battery and returned to find the emergency vehicle missing.

Kelly was remanded in custody and his case adjourned until June 2.