A man has been hailed a hero after he stepped in to help police arrest two alleged car thieves by crash-tackling one of them to the ground in dramatic scenes on the Gold Coast.
Incredible pol-air vision has been released showing the moment the alleged offenders are taken down by the determined Good Samaritan at the Coz Santiotis Playing Fields in Labrador on Wednesday afternoon.
In the vision, the man can be seen sprinting across the footy field to make the epic take-down after noticing the pair being chased by police.
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The duo were on the run after leading police on a chase from Coomera in a Volkswagon Golf, that had allegedly been nabbed from a home in Oxenford on Monday.
During the chase, officers deployed road spikes at Runaway Bay, which eventually brought the vehicle to a stop in the carpark of the sports field in Labrador.
Unbeknown to the offenders, a game of OzTag was about to begin, with one player getting his warm-up in early by making a textbook tackle on one of the men, a 29-year-old from Molendinar.
He has since been charged with 12 offences, including three counts of possessing dangerous drug, two counts of stealing and one of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The man was denied bail to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.
The second man, a 22-year-old from Chevron Island, has been charged with 13 offences, including six counts of receiving tainted property, three of stealing, three of enter premises and commit indictable offence, and one of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He’s been granted bail to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on November 24.