Dangerous driving, drug and firearm charges Ipswich area

A 23-year-old Goodna man, who allegedly rammed a police car at Raceview overnight, has been denied police bail after being charged with dangerous driving and drug and firearm possession, Queensland Police say.

Yamanto police were patrolling in Collingwood Park around 00.40am this morning when they observed an alleged stolen vehicle enter a housing estate.

A tyre deflation device was deployed at the entry/exit to the estate in Eagle Street with the car driving over them and then allegedly failing to stop for police.

Police pursued the vehicle before stopping the pursuit after the vehicle allegedly entered the Ipswich Motorway, travelling on the wrong side of the road.

Around 1am the vehicle was spotted in Raceview where police will allege it rammed a stationary police car in Nolan Street, causing extensive damage to the front of the police car.

A female officer, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported to hospital for assessment after being struck by the vehicle’s airbags. She has since been released.

The stolen vehicle continued for approximately another 500 metres before coming to a stop with the male driver and sole occupant of the car fleeing on foot.

A police dog and handler tracked the man and he was taken into custody in a nearby street.

Police will allege a search of the vehicle located methyl amphetamines, as well as a stolen shotgun.

Ipswich detectives have charged a man with multiple offences including two counts each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle; as well as once count each of unlawful possession of a cat D/H/R weapon, unlawful possession of a shortened firearm, unlawful possession of explosives (ammunition), possession of dangerous drugs (methyl amphetamines), and wilful damage of police property. As well as unlicensed driving and driver failing to remain at the scene of a crash.

He was also charged on unrelated matters including – arson of a motor vehicle (November 25, Tivoli), burglary and commit an indictable offence (November 19, Rosewood), enter premises and commit an indictable offence (November 20, Darling Heights), enter with intent (November 21, Rosewood); as well as two counts of stealing (petrol) November 21 at Raceview and November 23 at Ripley.

The man was denied police bail and remanded in police custody to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow morning, Monday November 27.

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