Dangerous operation of a vehicle, Southport

An alleged drug driver has been charged with multiple offences after failing to stop for police and driving dangerously through the Gold Coast last night.

It will be alleged that yesterday around 2.50pm officers patrolling Ferry Road observed a Silver Nissan Navara bearing stolen number plates travelling towards Southport.

Police attempted to intercept the vehicle before it allegedly drove away at speed.

The same Navara was allegedly seen a short time later proceeding through a red light on Nerang Street in front of an oncoming tram before mounting the footpath to travel around stopped traffic.

Later that evening around 7.45pm police received information regarding the same car being driven erratically through Southport onto tram tracks and conducting “burn outs”.

Police again attempted to intercept the vehicle on Lather Street however it travelled onto a footpath before allegedly speeding away.

Officers assumed positions throughout Surfers Paradise before successfully deploying a tyre deflation device on the Navara.

Police continued to track the damaged vehicle however it failed to stop, speeding through roadwork zones and red lights.

At 9pm officers conducted a tactical interception of the Navara at the corner of Nind and High Streets in Southport and the alleged driver, a 31-year-old St Andrews man, was taken into custody.

Two police vehicles sustained damage during the arrest. A glass smoking pipe was located in the front seat of the Navara as well as a quantity of dangerous drugs, believed to be methylamphetamine.

The man has been charged with three counts of evasion, two counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, receiving tainted property and one count each of obstruct police, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of utensils and driving unlicensed.

The man is due to face Southport Magistrates Court today (July 18).

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