Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Man charged over two collisions


Mackay detectives have charged a local man with 10 offences following investigations into two serious crashes yesterday at Mount Pleasant and Farleigh.

The 19-year-old will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm and left scene of incident without obtaining help (Mount Pleasant), dangerous operation of a motor vehicle (Farleigh), evade police, enter premises and commit indictable offence by break, as well as two counts each of enter premises and commit, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and disqualified and unlicensed driving.


A man is tonight assisting Queensland Police with their inquires after collisions in Farleigh and Mt Pleasant earlier today which left three people, aged 75, 70 and 68, hospitalised.

A 75-year-old woman was left with serious injuries after her vehicle was hit by a stolen car at Mt Pleasant this morning (click to read earlier full story).

Police say initial information indicates that shortly after 6.30am, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Bruce Highway and Sams Road before one of the vehicles, a stolen white Toyota Landcruiser, left the scene. The vehicle was later recovered by Police.

Police say their initial investigations into a second crash indicate that emergency services were called to the Bruce Highway by motorists due to the alleged dangerous driving of a stolen red Isuzu MU-X 4WD at around 1.20pm today.

“At 1.59pm the vehicle overtook a marked police vehicle headed south on the Bruce Highway,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

“Police activated lights and siren however the vehicle allegedly failed to stop and a pursuit commenced. At 2.04pm the Isuzu MU-X 4WD collided with a vehicle travelling north on the Bruce Highway.”

The occupants of the vehicle, a 70-year-old man and 68-year-old woman, were transported to Mackay Base Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The sole occupant of the Isuzu MU-X 4WD, a 22year-old Mackay man, was arrested at the scene.

He was transported to hospital as a precaution and was subsequently released. He is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

Police will allege the same man was driving stolen vehicles in both crashes. He is currently assisting Police with their enquiries.

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