A MAN allegedly high on drugs has been arrested and charged after allegedly using his car to ram the gates of a mosque in Logan, south of Brisbane.
The 23-year-old was first pulled over by police for a drug test on Buckley Road in Stockleigh about 2.20pm on Saturday.
In a statement, Queensland Police said the man failed the roadside test and as a result was issued a notice to appear in court for driving under the influence of drugs and had his licence suspended for 24 hours.
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However, as soon as the man was released from custody, it’s alleged he returned to his car on Buckley Road and drove off along Neville Road.
The man then allegedly pulled into the driveway of the Baitul Masroor Mosque near the corner of Neville and Stockleigh roads and proceeded to ram the front gates with his car.
It’s further alleged the man then began to hurl abuse at the worshippers who had gathered inside the sacred building, shouting “offensive words” through the open driver’s window before driving home where he was located by police.
Police said the man caused minor damage to the mosque gates, which were closed at the time.
The 23-year-old from Browns Plains was arrested at his home and further charged with one count of wilful damage, committing a public nuisance and driving a motor vehicle whilst suspended.
The incident comes amid heightened tensions in the community following the massacre of 50 worshippers, gunned down during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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