Police are pursuing three vehicles through the Mary Valley.
Police are pursuing three vehicles through the Mary Valley. David Stuart

UPDATE 3: Mary Valley police chase had sinister start

UPDATE 3: Police may have caught one of the thieves involved in this afternoon's dramatic police chase through the Mary Valley and beyond, but four people involved in the chase are still at large - and they are armed.

Five people are believed to have been involved in at least one break-in near Kandanga today which resulted in the theft of at least two vehicles and "loaded weapons".

It is believed the perpetrators intended to carry out more break-ins near Kandanga tonight. But that was before the dramatic chase late this afternoon which resulted in one man in custody and four more being sought by police. At least one of the still missing cars is believed to have headed south on the Bruce Hwy.

UPDATE 2: Police have caught one of the drivers of three vehicles involved in a dramatic police chase through the Mary Valley and on the Bruce Highway this afternoon.

The chase ended for one driver when he came to the end of a dead-end road near Sankeys Rd just before 5pm and took off on foot towards the Bruce Hwy.

Police gave chase and caught him just a few minutes later.

Police south of Gympie are still preparing to use stingers to stop one of the other two cars which were initially involved in the chase.

While some confusion surrounds the situation, the vehicles are believed to have split up soon after 4pm: one heading towards Gympie on the Old Bruce Hwy and the other two heading south.

The vehicles were driving in an at times dangerous manner, according to reports.

At one stage, the car stopped at Sankeys Rd was seen driving in the wrong direction on the Bruce Hwy, causing police to "back off" to ease the danger posed to other drivers.

The driver was described as "male, no shirt, young, in his early 20s and with brown hair".

One of the cars is believed to have been stolen from an Upper Kandanga business.

 

UPDATE: Gympie region drivers are urged to be cautious on the Bruce Hwy as police prepare to use stingers south of Gympie to end a chase involving three cars, at least two of them stolen.

While some confusion surrounds the situation, the vehicles are believed to have split up: one heading into Gympie on the Old Bruce Hwy and the other two believed to have headed south.

Maroochydore police have been brought in to find a safe place on the Bruce Hwy for stingers to be laid to stop one of the vehicles believed to be heading south from Gympie on the highway.

The vehicles are driving in an at times dangerous manner, according to reports. Police are still in pursuit of one vehicle which is being driven by someone described as "male, no shirt, young and with brown hair".

Police are being cautious as they follow the vehicle, which was doing speeds of 100kmh as it drove towards Normanby Bridge.

Of the other two cars - one is a blue grey sedan, one a twin cab 4WD ute and the other a white Landcruiser tray back. They could possibly be now heading south on the highway.

One of the cars is believed to have been stolen from an Upper Kandanga business.

Gympie Times


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