Woman dragged along road as thief steals her car
A WOMAN is in hospital after trying to stop a thief from stealing her car in Nerang by jumping in the passenger's seat.
The 21-year-old was allegedly hanging "half in, half out" as the offender sped out of the Nerang Mall carpark onto New St around 4pm yesterday.
Inspector Mark Pengelly said she fell out of the car when it crashed into an oncoming vehicle just metres outside of the carpark.
Witness Gregg Guyder of Nerang said the man then drove backwards, running over her before driving away.
"He was just focused on getting away, whatever it took getting away," he said, adding he had just been out to get his groceries when the incident happened.
The woman was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with pelvic and serious leg injuries. Her car was later found abandoned and police are looking for the offender
It was one of several serious incidents that occurred on Gold Coast roads yesterday.
At midday police were forced to taser a man twice and use pepper spray after he drove at high speeds down an emergency lane of the M1 before allegedly ramming a cop car.
The mayhem stopped the busy highway in its tracks for more than half an hour as police fought to control the man, who allegedly resisted arrest after running out of petrol.
"We were led to believe that this vehicle had driven in such a dangerous manner it was almost ramming some vehicles off the road," Insp Pengelly said.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Procter confirmed the man had not been involved in a crime and the car was not stolen.
Two police were assessed for minor injuries and the M1 was banked up for kilometres as police cleared the scene.
The has been charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle whilst adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possess dangerous drugs and three counts of serious assault police officer.
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court later today.
Around the same time as the M1 drama at Gaven a 31-year-old learner motorcyclist crashed into a parked car.
Maureen Levy and her six-year-old grandson were metres away when the male rider slammed into her car on Armstrong Way at Highland Park.
"I was on the steps coming down … he's hit the tyre, the tyre's shredded," she said.
"It was dreadful ... He was having trouble breathing, he wasn't in a good way. He must have lost control and come into my car sideways."
Ms Levy said she was concerned about how she would live without her car if it was eventually written off but said she was happy that the young man was still alive.
The forensic crash unit closed part of the street for more than an hour.
A Gold Coast Health spokeswoman confirmed last night the man was in a stable, but serious condition.