Police responded to reports of a driver travelling in and out of traffic along Sunshine Motorway in the wrong direction this afternoon. Picture: Patrick Woods
Police responded to reports of a driver travelling in and out of traffic along Sunshine Motorway in the wrong direction this afternoon. Picture: Patrick Woods

Motorway mayhem unfolds in dramatic high-speed arrest

UPDATE 4.30PM: The owner of a utility which was allegedly used in a high-speed spree across the Sunshine Coast says GPS technology helped him track the vehicle.

DSE Civil Electrical director Darryl Rankin said he had tracked his allegedly stolen Toyota HiLux from his Warana shopfront to a Gardak Street, Maroochydore address.

Mr Rankin said it was a "young man" behind the wheel of the utility which went "roaring out" of his shop's driveway about 12pm.

He said the GPS tracker helped police follow the man's many movements and eventually catch him.

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DSE Civil Electrical director Darryl Rankin. Picture: Patrick Woods
DSE Civil Electrical director Darryl Rankin. Picture: Patrick Woods

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman confirmed a man was taken into custody about 3pm after the HiLux reportedly ran out of fuel.

The spokeswoman said no tyre deflation devices were required but said the alleged offender attempted to flee police by jumping fences.

The man is in custody awaiting charges.

Mr Rankin praised the efforts of police to catch the accused.

"Oh, he was going all around (the Coast), Karawatha Drive, Sunshine Motorway, up Golf Links Drive, then into Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and then here," Mr Rankin said from Gardak Street.

"He was weaving through cars, going down the wrong side of the motorway.

"Oh, 100km/h plus yeah. He was moving."

Another motorist, who did not provide his name, said he drove past the HiLux along the motorway and had to swerve off the road to avoid it.

Mr Rankin said he had received multiple calls about his vehicle's dangerous route through the suburbs.

He said the driver had allegedly sideswiped another of his work utes as it came out of the driveway.

 

EARLIER 3.30pm: A man has been arrested after allegedly driving in the wrong direction and in and out of traffic across several major Sunshine Coast roads this afternoon.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said a man driving a white Toyota HiLux had been taken into custody as of 3pm.

The spokeswoman said the man was arrested near Gardak Street, Maroochydore and had allegedly attempted to "jump fences".

Police are expected to later charge the man.

Various reports on social media indicated the white HiLux had been spotted along Karawatha and Golf Links drives.

One motorist told the Daily he had to swerve to miss the HiLux along Sunshine Motorway.

More to come.

Police are on scene at a Gardak Street, Maroochydore address where a man was arrested for allegedly driving in and out of traffic on several major Coast roads. Picture: Patrick Woods
Police are on scene at a Gardak Street, Maroochydore address where a man was arrested for allegedly driving in and out of traffic on several major Coast roads. Picture: Patrick Woods

INITIAL: Police have responded to reports of a driver travelling "in and out of traffic" along Sunshine Motorway in the wrong direction on Wednesday afternoon.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman confirmed there had been multiple calls regarding a white Toyota HiLux travelling in the wrong direction.

The spokesman said police had responded as of 2.30pm.

A motorist who was travelling north said he had to swerve to avoid the driver of the utility who was "weaving in and out of traffic" heading south.

He said he had passed the HiLux near the Alexandra Headland overpass on the motorway.

The motorist told the Daily the driver of the HiLux was "hooking it" and estimated the driver was travelling upwards of 70m/h along the 100km/h stretch.

More to come.



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