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Lunatic driver filmed in mall

WRONG TURN: Footage of the car entering the mall.
WRONG TURN: Footage of the car entering the mall. Contributed

POLICE are hunting two women following a bizarre incident in which a stolen car was driven through the Ipswich Mall.

Safe City Cameras captured the chaos as the 2005 Holden Commodore sedan entered the mall via Union Place about noon on Saturday, driving up the pavement as stunned pedestrians - some of them young children - fled out of the way.

The vehicle then turned left on to Brisbane Rd and drove away, but it didn't end there.

The car was spotted in Ipswich again about noon Sunday, with police vehicles following it at a safe distance for up to an hour before losing contact.

Officers in charge of the investigation believe the same women could be responsible for the theft of another vehicle - a Mitsubishi Lancer - from Flinders View on the night of October 2.

The vehicle was found fully ablaze in bushland near the Box Flat railway line at Blackstone about 7am Saturday.

Ipswich district crime manager Senior Sergeant Greg Smith said both stolen vehicles were suspected to have been involved in several other traffic and criminal offences, all under investigation.

Among those, police said, was an incident where the driver of the Commodore nudged another vehicle out of the way after officers directed the driver to stop at a set of traffic lights in the CBD on Saturday.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale called on residents to report any information on the stolen vehicles to Crime Stoppers (phone 1800 333 000).

"The driver of this car is not only putting themselves in danger, but the public as well," he said.

"Once again council's Safe City cameras are proving their worth in helping to track down offenders."

Topics:  ipswich mall safe city cameras



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