Police lay charges after crash, Smithfield

Three people have been arrested in relation to multiple offences after an alleged stolen vehicle crashed into a tip truck in Cairns yesterday.

Just before 9am police observed a Landcruiser that was stolen during an alleged armed robbery in Mutchilba travelling south along the Captain Cook Highway at Craiglie.

The vehicle was followed by an unmarked police car south towards Smithfield where a tyre deflation device was successfully deployed at Ellis Beach.

The Landcruiser continued along the Captain Cook Highway before entering the closed road section of a worksite where it struck a pile of sand bags, causing the vehicle to launch through the air and collide with the rear of a parked tip truck.

Police assisted two men and a woman from the wreckage and the trio were transported to hospital with injuries ranging from cuts and abrasions to fractures.

A 32-year-old male passenger of the vehicle from Westcourt has since been charged with seven offences including three counts each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of dangerous drugs and one count of armed robbery with violence.

He is due in Cairns Magistrates Court today (May 30).

The charges relate to an alleged break-in on May 25 where two vehicles were stolen from and Earlville address, and an incident at a Mutchilba residence on May 29 where a man was allegedly robbed by three men armed with a machete.

The alleged driver of the Landcruiser, a 27-year-old Mooroobool Man, remains in hospital and is assisting police in relation to a number of alleged drug, robbery and vehicle theft offences.

A 28-year-old Bouganvillea woman alleged to have been a passenger in the stolen car is also undergoing treatment following the crash and assisting police with inquiries.

Investigations are continuing.

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