Unlawful use of a motor vehicle at Newstead

Police have charged a man following the alleged theft of a vehicle in Newstead this morning with two children still inside.

Shortly after 9am, a 43-year-old woman stopped at Doggett Street in Newstead when the man allegedly entered the black Range Rover Sport which contained two children.

It will be alleged, the man opened the driver’s door and entered the SUV where he put it in drive and accelerated forward, hitting the gutter and a pole. One of the children attempted to stop the man by shouting and distracting him.

The man then put it in reverse and started to manoeuvre the vehicle out of the car park space.

The woman yelled out in attempt to stop the vehicle, assisted by members of the public, before the man exited the SUV and fled down Commercial Street on foot.

He was observed walking in Skyring Terrace by officers patrolling and taken into custody.

A 44-year-old Deception Bay man has been charged with unlawful entry of vehicle for committing indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, assault police, obstruct police, driving without a driver licence and drink driving offences.

He has been refused police bail and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

The woman and children were not injured.

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