Police vehicle damaged in Bellmere, QLD

Police are investigating after a man arrested for alleged break and enter offences in Bellmere earlier today crashed a police car, Queensland Police say.

Officers were called to a premises on Bellmere Road around 7.15 this morning following reports that a man had broken into a house.

On arrival, the man was seen leaving in a vehicle which he abandoned on Clementine Street before fleeing on foot.

A man matching his description was located by officers on the nearby Bell Aire Avenue a short time later and placed in the rear of a police car. Whilst they were conducting enquiries with neighbours, they observed the man had managed to open the rear window, climb out of the police car and was opening the driver’s door.

As the man sat in the driver’s seat and started the car, police were able to enter the vehicle from the passenger’s side. As police struggled with the man the vehicle travelled across the road at low speed and crashed into the park bollards where police were able to subdue him.

Two male officers suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Initial investigations have revealed that officers outside the car had a proximity key in their pocket, which allowed the vehicle to start. Police will be reviewing the incident.

A man is currently assisting police and investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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