Trio charged following rental car crash on the Gold Coast

Three people have been charged after an alleged fraudulently hired rental car crashed in Surfers Paradise this morning.

The hire car smashed into a brick wall and power box just after 8am on Paradise Island.

The driver of the vehicle and another man allegedly fled the scene, while a female remained in the back seat with minor injuries.


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Police say the men attempted to escape quickly in a rideshare vehicle, however, this was tracked down almost immediately by Police and the men were taken into custody.

The woman, a 45-year-old, suffered a cut to her face and was transported to hospital by Paramedics.

Police say she was acting very erratically.

The driver, a 35-year-old man, has been charged with 5 counts of fraud in relation to the hire vehicle and other fraudulent items Police found.

A 32-year-old male passenger has been charged with possessing a glass pipe utensil and also with possessing stolen property – which was a mobile phone.

The woman has also been charged with possessing a glass pipe utensil.

There has been significant damage to the brick wall and power box with Energex having to attend the scene.

The crash also reportedly narrowly missed hitting a small dog.

The trio will all front court in June.