WATCH: Dramatic arrest unfolds in background of live TV cross on the GC

A news reporter is being praised for managing to keep her composure despite a dramatic arrest unfolding just behind her on live television.

Ten news reporter Jayde Cotic was at a service station in Nerang, which was turned into a police command post in the search for a missing 5-year-old girl on Monday, when an arrest unfolded in full view of the cameras.


Cotic was halfway through her live report on the little girl being found, when a man was dragged behind her, screaming in handcuffs.

Despite the man causing a ruckus, Cotic maintained a straight face and continued with her live cross.

Police say the arrest occurred around 4.45pm when the service station attendant recognised the man as being involved in previous stealing matters.

“Two police inspectors still at the scene following the Amber Alert quickly attended to assist as the man created a disturbance,” a statement by police reads.

The 20-year-old Southport man has since been charged with two counts of stealing and one count each of public nuisance and obstruct police.

A 19-year-old woman, known to the man, was also arrested in a parked vehicle at a petrol bowser, metres from police, after a quantity of cannabis, a knife and other items were allegedly uncovered.

She was charged with one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, possession of a knife in a public place and possessing items used in the commission of a crime.

The pair are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 12.