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VIDEO: Man charged, three in hospital after 'rampage'

UPDATE 7am: A 21-YEAR-OLD has been charged with six breaches of his bail conditions following an alleged crime rampage that sent three people to hospital on Tuesday. 

During the almost four-hour drama, a man allegedly assaulted a 77-year-old man, rammed an unmarked police car, crashed a car, stole two cars, damaged a hotel pergola and jumped over a number of fences in Urangan. 

The man was only stopped when police caught up to him on Boat Harbour Dr and wrestled him to the ground. 

The first incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning when police were called to a disturbance at an Urangan hotel. 

It was when police cornered the man in the Bayshores Holiday Apartments carpark about 10am on Tuesday that the rampage began. 

Police will allege the man, in a white hire car, reversed out of the car park and through the grasses area of the hotel, forcing the manager Ray Young to jump out of the way. 

"Thank god no guests were in the grassed area," he said. 

The car allegedly crashed through a pergola before hitting another car on Charlton Esplanade. 

The passenger in the black car was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital and was treated for back pain. 

Maryborough police Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Acting Seriour Sergeant David Guild said the man allegedly fled on foot and it's alleged he hit a 77-year-old man in an effort to steal his car, but the elderly man was able to fight him off. 

The 77-year-old was taken to hospital to treat a cut. 

Snr Sgt Guild said the man fled and allegedly stole a white ute and drove towards River Heads.

He was later seen at Wondunna where three men who were in another car with him were questioned by police after the car was dumped.

Snr Sgt Guild said the man picked up another car and was seen in Urangan where it is believed he crashed into a veranda before jumping fences in an attempt to flee police.

Police tackled the man to the ground and he was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

Snr Sgt Guild said a significant number of ecstasy tablets and about nine grams of crystal methylamphetamine were allegedly found in the white car crashed on the Esplanade.

It is also alleged that a baseball bat was found in that car.

"Obviously the behaviour of this person is concerning to us," he said.

"It was very lucky pedestrians were not injured."

A 21-year-old will appear in court in Hervey Bay on Wednesday morning. 

Senior Constable Dave Weber said further charges were expected to be laid. 

1.45pm Tuesday: A MAN has been taken to hospital after he was seen jumping through backyards in Urangan following a crash on the esplanade. 

Police tackled the man to the ground along Boat Harbour Drive in Urangan around 12.30pm following a foot chase. 

The man was involved in a two vehicle crash on the esplanade in Torquay around 10am. 

UPDATE 10.30am: POLICE are hunting for a man after a crash on the esplanade as ambos take a woman to hospital.

Witnesses saw plain clothed police officers chase the man by foot along the Esplanade after a white sedan crashed through a wooden pergola at Bayshores Apartments Hervey Bay. 

A woman involved in the crash has been taken to hospital after being treated on scene. 

Fire crews were also called to help the woman out of a car and make the area safe. 

Both lanes of the Esplanade near Alison and Associates Accountants remain closed.

EARLIER: 

BOTH directions of Charlton Esplanade are blocked near Alison and Associates Accountants in Torquay after a two vehicle crash. 

Three police cars are on scene and a woman is believed to still  be inside a black Toyota sedan. 

Police are redirecting traffic. 

Topics:  crash esplanade hervey bay police



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