January 25, 2021

A 31-year-old Morayfield man has been arrested after a chase – during which a shot was allegedly fired at police – which ended on the Brisbane Valley Highway just north of Esk on Sunday night.

A police spokesperson said just before 7:00pm, a silver BMW pulled up next to a car waiting at set of lights at the intersection of Dances and Pumicestone roads at Caboolture.

The man allegedly threatened the occupants of the vehicle, a man and woman, with a gun. He then allegedly fired a shot at the car as it drove off, hitting the rear passenger side door.

The occupants of the vehicle were not injured.

A short time later, an off-duty officer alerted police to a silver BMW allegedly driving dangerously along the Bruce Highway near Pumicestone Road.

The man then allegedly attempted to evade police, threatening to injure a male passenger in the vehicle.

Shortly before 8:00pm, he allegedly fired a shot at a police car on Cottrill Road at Caboolture.

The BMW was tracked by the PolAir helicopter as it continued towards the D’Aguilar Highway.

Police allege the driver was driving dangerously and speeding as he headed towards Woodford.

About 9:00pm, the man released his passenger, an 18-year-old Caboolture man, who was unhurt. It’s believed the pair are known to each other.

The wild drive continued along the D’Aguilar Highway to Kilcoy, before the BMW turned on to Esk-Kilcoy Road and then Wivenhoe-Somerset Road where police successfully deployed a tyre deflation device.

But the BMW did not stop, with the driver turning on to the Brisbane Valley Highway before being intercepted just north of Esk.

Specialist police, with the assistance of the Dog Squad, took the man into custody.

The man was escorted to Ipswich Hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries sustained during his arrest.

He is expected to be charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, attempted armed robbery, drug possession, driving under the influence of liquor, failing to comply with a direction to stop and two counts each of unlawful possession of a weapon and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

UPDATE January 26: The 31-year-old Morayfield man taken into custody on Sunday night is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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