UPDATE May 7 2019 12.40pm | DRAMATIC FOOTAGE captured by the Gold Coast Police helicopter shows the extreme lengths a man went to in a bid to avoid capture, during a pursuit from Surfers Paradise to Benowa on Monday.
The 29-year-old, who has since been charged with a raft of offences, including rape, was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe as it mounted the footpath and sped through major intersections, narrowly missing other motorists.
The chase came to an end on the Ross Street Bridge, when the man stopped the Hyundai in the path of another vehicle and got out, before allegedly trying to car jack the vehicle while armed with a knife.
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The birds-eye view vision shows him wrestling with the driver, as the passenger jumps out and Police close in.
Knowing his freedom is coming to an end, the man makes another desperate attempt to avoid capture, by throwing himself off the bridge and into the Nerang River.
He is eventually captured and is now behind bars.
EARLIER May 7 2019 6.20pm | A man will front court today following a wild car chase through the Gold Coast yesterday.
The 29-year-old New South Welshman was seen speeding through Benowa in a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe with New South Wales registration around 11.00am.
Police deployed stingers to stop the offenders, bringing the chase to an end on the Ross Street Bridge.
Though the man then tried to steal another car at knife point, before police attempted to intervene.
He then jumped off the bridge and into the Nerang River.
He was captured and arrested a short time later, before being charged with attempted robbery and dangerous operation of a vehicle.
The man was also charged with one count of rape and one count of stealing in relation to an event that happened on Sunday May 5.