Evade police, Smithfield

A man and woman have been charged after allegedly driving a stolen utility dangerously and evading police in Cairns yesterday morning.

Around 3.30am officers observed the Toyota Hilux allegedly travelling at speed south on the Captain Cook Highway, just north of the McGregor Road towards Cairns.

Police monitored the ute as it continued onto Harvey Road, Eugenia Street and Toona Terrace where it stopped on a grassed area.

As police pulled up behind the ute, activated their lights and approached the vehicle it will be alleged the driver accelerated away at speed.

Officers then attempted to locate the ute and observed it travelling through the intersection of Kamerunga Road and Daphne Street a short time later.

A tyre deflation device was deployed, however it will further be alleged the ute continued through a number of streets and crossing onto the wrong side of the road.

Around 4.20am the ute was stopped in Forest Gardens where the driver and passenger were arrested without incident.

The driver, a 23-year-old Bentley Park man, and passenger, a 20-year-old Bentley Park woman have each been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, enter and commit and possess firearm in public place.

The man has also been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and evade police.

Both are expected to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court this morning.

The ute was stolen from a Palm Cove address on Monday night.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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