Chaotic manhunt after attempted robbery at petrol station
AN OUT-OF-CONTROL car speeding and swerving on the Bruce Hwy was the start of a marathon day for local police on Wednesday.
A violent attempted robbery at a Maryborough petrol station and a widespread manhunt through the shrub land of Takura followed.
It all began when two people in the dark-coloured Holden Captiva headed for Marybrough from Gympie via the highway Wednesday morning.
Detective Senior Constable Dean Robertson said the occupants were "evading police" and "moving between vehicles".
The duo then made a quick stop at Caltex Maryborough North, where they tried to steal a car.
A man was punched during the attempted robbery.
For one of the offenders, a 22-year-old man, it marked the end of the bender.
The Torquay man was arrested at the scene about 11.15am, and taken in for questioning by police.
But his accomplice took off in the Holden Captiva, and headed for Takura.
Police surrounded the Takura area, blocking off roads to prevent the offender escaping.
The Holden Captiva ended up being found abandoned at Honeyeater Dr, near Torbanlea Pialba Rd.
Fingerprint testing was conducted on the inside of the car and its contents.
Items inside the car included a variety of clothing, multiple pairs of shoes, reusable shopping bags, and a large stereo.
When asked whether the offenders could be linked to other robberies and crimes in the area, Det Snr Const Robertson said it was too early to tell.
Police are continuing their search for the other offender.
No description of the wanted person has been released.
Anyone who saw the vehicle, or has any information about regarding the crime spree, is asked to come forward. No charges had been laid as of 6pm on Wednesday.
The Holden Captiva has the number plate of 617 YDF.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131444.