An elderly man is in hospital with shocking facial injuries after allegedly being attacked by Pacific Pines local who is facing a string of charges.
Police say the 34-year-old man was behind the wheel of a black Holden Colorado ute when he smashed into two vehicles stopped at a red light on Guineas Creek Road, Elanora at the intersection with Coolgardie Street, around 5.40pm Friday.
He allegedly got out of the ute and assaulted the 80-year-old male driver of one of the other vehicles, before stealing the second car, a green Toyota sedan.
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Police said in a statement, that car was then “involved in a number of hit and run traffic crashes on the M1 in the Robina area”.
The man eventually got out of the Toyota and made a run for it, sparking a foot search that ended in his capture on Stadium Avenue.
The man is alleged to have assaulted a police officer who attempted to arrest him. A second officer has then restrained the man.
“The man was treated at the scene and transported to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition receiving treatment to injuries believed to have been sustained in the traffic crash,” Police said.
He’s been charged with one count each of serious assault of a person over 60, serious assault of a police officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.
The 80-year-old driver who was assaulted was transported to John Flynn Hospital suffering a broken nose and contusions to his right eye and the back of his head.
The Senior Police Constable who was assaulted did not required medical attention.
The Gold Coast Crime Investigation Branch continues to investigate the incident and further charges are expected to be laid.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.