Police have charged a 39-year-old man with more than 20 offences following investigations into an alleged dangerous driving incident on Mackay’s northern beaches.
He was arrested after allegedly driving a Holden Commodore dangerously and evading police in Beaconsfield.
Officers had stopped the sedan on Mackay Bucasia Road when the man, who was a front seat passenger, forced the female driver out the vehicle before locking it and moving behind the wheel.
He then allegedly accelerated away travelling approximately 200 metres before the vehicle lost control and crashed into a drain.
The man was uninjured and fled on foot into nearby canefields.
Police carried out a search of the vehicle where they allegedly located a firearm, drugs and a number items suspected of being stolen.
The man has been charged with a total of 22 offences including one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle; one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; three counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, one count of authority required to possess explosive; one count of receiving tainted property; one count of driving without a licence and one count of possess restricted items.
It will be alleged the man stole jewellery and number of other items from residences in Moranbah and Eton.
The North Mackay man and is expected to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court.
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Source: QLD Police