Emergency Services personnel work to free a trapped motorist after a collision on the corner of Russell and Kent Streets in Maryborough.
Emergency Services personnel work to free a trapped motorist after a collision on the corner of Russell and Kent Streets in Maryborough. Jocelyn Watts

Innocent crash victim trapped

A MAN who allegedly stole a car and then crashed into another driver is tonight behind bars.

Christopher Graham, 20, appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, failing to stop, unlicensed driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

He was allegedly driving a stolen Hyundai Sonata along Russell Street on Wednesday evening when he failed to give way at the intersection with Kent Street and crashed into a white Toyota Camry.

The middle-aged Maryborough man in the Camry was trapped in the car for several hours. Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to free him.

Police allege the Hyundai was stolen from a Jupiter Street home about 2.50pm.

It was spotted at Granville a couple of hours later and then again near the Lamington Bridge.

Police followed the car for a couple of kilometres before Graham allegedly crashed.

A witness, who did not want to be named, said she heard a “huge bang”.

“I came running out the front with the phone in my hand,” she said.

“I saw a white car with three people in it and the man in the front was trapped.

“It took them a couple of hours to free him.

“The driver of the Hyundai jumped out and bolted over the fence of the house on the corner but the police were right behind him.

“Then the police officer had him on the ground with a Taser against his back.”

The scene of the crash was not cleared until about 9pm.

Graham was remanded in custody by Magistrate John Smith and the case was adjourned for mention in the court on November 9.



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