Van driver threatened with nail gun during dramatic Gold Coast chase

A MAN has been captured and charged after allegedly leading Police on a 90-minute pursuit spanning the Gold Coast.

The dramatic game of cat and mouse began around 10.45pm on Friday when officers spotted a truck with stolen registration plates in Wyndham Circuit at Holmview in Logan.

The truck drove off, hitting a parked Holden Barina and pushing it approximately two meters into a tree.


A short time later officers saw the truck heading south on the Pacific Motorway at Yatala and Polair began tracking the vehicle from the air at Coomera.

Road spikes were successfully deployed within the roadworks section of the Pacific Motorway at Mudgeeraba, where Police began to follow the truck with lights and sirens.

Despite having two flat front tyres, the truck continued to drive south, heading all the way to the border and into New South Wales.

There, New South Wales police followed the vehicle from the Tugun Bypass Tunnel and it briefly entered Tweed Heads before travelling north on the Gold Coast Highway at Coolangatta.

It’s there that Police alleged the male driver and female passenger approached a Tarago van, which had stopped on the Highway, near Farrell Drive, to avoid the truck.

The man threatened the driver with a nail gun, but the driver of the van drove off and the man returned to the truck and continued north.

The woman was arrested by police at the scene, just before midnight.

A short time later the truck was travelling north in the southbound lanes of the Gold Coast Highway at Palm Beach.

The driver stopped and again tried his luck with another vehicle, approaching the driver of a Mazda 3, demanding his car.

However that driver also drove off and the man returned to the truck once more.

The truck continued north on the Gold Coast Highway however failed to negotiate a turn into Eighth Avenue at Palm beach and came to a stop.

Police arrested the driver at 12.02am.

It will be further alleged the White Mitsubishi Fuso truck was stolen from a shopping centre on Cayuga Street at Nerang around 3.45pm on Tuesday, April 16.

A 36-year-old Elanora man has been slapped with a raft of charges, including dangerous operation of a vehicle, attempted robbery,  unlawful use of motor vehicle, possession of tainted property and assault police.

He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday.

A 19-year-old Pimpama woman is assisting police with inquiries.