Chopper, sniffer dogs used to track down alleged car thieves
TWO men who allegedly caused an afternoon of mayhem in Booval and Bundamba are in custody following another dramatic chase.
As reported in the QT on Saturday, drama unfolded early Friday afternoon after the two young men allegedly crashed a stolen Holden Commodore into a vehicle at Booval Fair Shopping Centre, then a further two cars and a motorcycle outside the Racehorse Hotel.
An elderly couple was in shock following the crash at Booval Fair, while a motorcycle rider sustained a broken leg in the collision at the Racehorse.
Witnesses later told police how the two men ran away from the black Holden Commodore, heading towards the Bundamba Race Track, where they allegedly stole the track manager's white Nissan Navara.
That vehicle was abandoned on Bergins Hill Rd, where the two allegedly hopped into a Volkswagen Golf that had been stolen from Bundamba on September 17.
It was this Volkswagen Golf that was involved in a pursuit through Brisbane later on Friday evening.
Police sighted the white VW Golf on Old Ipswich Rd at Riverview and it will be alleged that one of the men charged over last Friday's offences, Billy David Baker, 19, was the driver.
The Polair chopper was on scene and saw a male exit the vehicle from the passenger side.
Crews from the Ipswich District Tactical Operations Group attended and apprehended Trent Clohessy, 17, from Riverview.
The chopper continued to follow the stolen Golf as it travelled on the Logan Mwy and later on the Gateway Mwy, where police deployed stingers.
The driver fled on foot into a brick yard. A police dog sniffed out the suspect a short time later.
Baker was charged with a total of 20 offences, including dangerous driving, stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Police are expected to object to bail when he appears at Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.
Trent Clohessy was charged with eight offences, including dangerous driving and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on September 25.