FRIDAY 8AM: A man and a woman have been accused of shooting at police officers during a high-speed car chase down the Bruce Hwy on the Sunshine Coast. 

The pursuit began after the one of the alleged offenders pointed a shotgun at another motorist, who reported the incident to police. 

Police caught sight of the pair's car just before 4pm on the Bruce Hwy at Forest Glen, and signaled for the vehicle to stop. 

But the car sped away at "high speed", police said, travelling north on the highway through the middle two lanes. 

Police said other motorists were forced off the road as the car attempted its getaway. 

Officers deployed stingers near the Maroochydore Road turnoff at Nambour. 

While the device burst at least one tyre of the car, the alleged offenders then turned around and continued to drive at high speeds in the southbound lanes. 

Police have further alleged that as the car drove through Sippy Downs, one of the offenders pointed a gun out of the passenger window and fired at two police vehicles.

The shots missed officers, and no one was physically injured. 

Officers set a second set of stingers at Caloundra Rd, and once again damaged the vehicle, but the pair continued driving for several more kilometres before eventually rolling to a stop on the side of the road.

Police arrested the man and woman at the scene and found a shortened firearm in the front seat of the vehicle.

A 21-year-old Keperra woman has since been charged with 20 offences including dangerous conduct and discharge weapon public place, five counts of stealing, two counts each of going armed as to cause fear, fail to stop motor vehicle and one count each of burglary and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

A 19-year-old Burpengary man has also been charged with 20 offences including dangerous conduct and discharge weapon public place, four counts of stealing, going armed as to cause fear, fail to stop motor vehicle and one count each of burglary, dangerous operation of a vehicle and driving without a driver's licence.

Both are due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.


THURSDAY 6PM: TWO people have been arrested after a police chase on Thursday afternoon which has shut down the Bruce Hwy southbound.

Initial reports of a man armed and making threats came through to police at about 3.30pm at Elimbah.

A motorist told the Sunshine Coast Daily he'd seen 13 police cars and two ambulances in pursuit of the vehicle heading south past Aussie World at Palmview at about 4.15pm.

Minutes later the police had a man and woman in custody, after the pair surrendered to police near Roys Rd, Beerwah at about 4.20pm.

The result of the vehicle hitting stingers during a police chase on the Bruce Hwy.
The result of the vehicle hitting stingers during a police chase on the Bruce Hwy. 7 News Sunshine Coast

Helicopters were called to assist with PolAir heading to help track the blue vehicle being driven by the man, but the chase ended not long after.

Motorists took to social media to describe the scenes on Thursday afternoon.

"Trying to merge on as the getaway car was coming, at least 10 cop cars zooming," one woman posted.

"Right hand lane trying to get over, left hand lane not knowing what the hell to do leaves us mergers on the median strip."

Later, a police media spokeswoman said police had no longer blocked off the highway, having towed the vehicle away after tyre spikes were deployed to try and bring an end to what had been a dramatic police chase.

Traffic banking up after this afternoon's police chase
Traffic banking up after this afternoon's police chase Kiti Cokanasiga Rota

5PM: Two people have been arrested after a police chase this afternoon which has shut down the Bruce Hwy southbound.

Initial reports of a man armed and making threats came through to police at about 3.30pm at Elimbah, between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, before the pursuit moved north.

A motorist told the Daily he'd seen 13 police cars and two ambulances in pursuit of the vehicle heading south past Aussie World at Palmview at about 4.15pm.

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Minutes later the police had a man and woman in custody, after the pair surrendered to police near Roys Rd, Beerwah at about 4.20pm.

Helicopters were called to assist with PolAir heading to help track the blue vehicle being driven by the man, but the chase ended not long after.

Motorists took to social media to describe the scenes this afternoon.

"Trying to merge on as the getaway car was coming, 10 at least cops cars zooming," one woman posted.

"Right hand lane trying to get over, left hand lane not knowing what the hell to do leaves us mergers on the median strip."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has advised the left lane of southbound traffic is closed and advised motorists to expect delays.

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4PM: A MAN believed to be armed and making threats is being pursued by police and helicopters on the Bruce Hwy this afternoon.

A police media spokesman said the man is believed to be driving a blue car at the moment, and the first calls came to police at 3.30pm at Elimbah.

A passing motorist has told the Daily he saw about 13 police cars and two ambulances headed southbound on the Bruce Hwy, near Aussie World at Palmview, at about 4.20pm.

The spokesman said PolAir, the police tracking helicopters had been called to help the pursuit, after the man was reported as being armed and making threats.



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