A 29-year-old Riverview man has been charged.
A 29-year-old Riverview man has been charged. Aaron Lock

Man in court after dangerous pursuit, carjacking

UPDATE:  A MAN charged with stealing two cars, leading police on a dangerous pursuit, before trying to hijack a third vehicle, has been remanded in custody following his appearance in court this morning.

Beau Jaye Richards, 29, faces multiple charges relating to the alleged crime rampage in Ipswich last Friday morning, which police will claim involved several potentially dangerous pursuits which officers had to call off in the interest of public safety.

Police said they had to smash a window to arrest Richards at Yamanto, after he locked himself inside the car he had moments earlier forced two women out of.

The drama began last Thursday, when a vehicle was stolen from Greenslopes.

After receiving multiple calls from residents about 5.30am Friday, police spotted the vehicle near Amberley, but gave up the pursuit after the driver allegedly travelled the wrong way up the Cunningham Hwy at Yamanto, exiting at the on-ramp and heading south, towards the Boral quarry on T Morrows Rd at Purga.

Police said workers at the quarry used their machinery to block the allegedly stolen ute in a short time later, but the driver ran off and stole another car from a nearby property.

It will be alleged that Richards then drove the vehicle to Warwick Rd at Yamanto where it was abandoned, before he attempted to steal another vehicle from two women at a set of traffic lights.

Police pounced and arrested the suspect.

Richards, from Riverview, was charged with unlawful entry of a vehicle whilst armed, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing, three counts of wilful damage and unlicensed driving and one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault and failing to stop.

He did not apply for bail in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday and the matter will next be mentioned on November 20.

INITIAL: POLICE have charged a man after two people were ripped from their car at Yamanto on Friday morning.

It happened after police followed an allegedly stolen car from Purga to Warwick Rd where they say a man abandoned the car and targeted a passing vehicle.

Police say workers at a Purga quarry used their machinery to block an allegedly stolen ute in at 8.30am on Friday before the driver ran off and stole another car from a nearby property.

The man allegedly drove the vehicle to Warwick Rd at Yamanto where it was abandoned.

He allegedly forced the driver and a passenger of a passing car out of their vehicle and as police arrived on scene, the man locked himself in the car.

Police were forced to smash the window and the man was then taken into custody.

Police were tipped off after a number of people called to reports of a man in a ute allegedly acting suspiciously around rural properties.

A 29-year-old Riverview man has been charged with unlawful entry of a vehicle whilst armed, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing, three counts of wilful damage and unlicensed driving and one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault and failing to stop.

He is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday, October 30.



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