A MAN who allegedly stole a fire truck and took it on a joyride through the Gold Coast hinterland has been arrested.
Police say the specialist fire vehicle was taken from the Beenleigh Fire and Rescue Station at around 9.20am on Saturday.
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GPS software installed on the truck allowed officers to track it to Tamborine Mountain – more than 20km away.
Around 30 minutes later, police stopped the vehicle by deploying tyre-deflating stingers on Tamborine Mountain Road.
No one was physically injured and the truck was not damaged except for the tyres.
The 25-year-old male driver from Wynnum West was charged with the unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlicensed driving.
He is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on May 19.