CAR JACKING: Syringe used at traffic lights

Police arrested the man after he allegedly threatened two women with a syringe at a set of traffic lights at Yamanto.
Police arrested the man after he allegedly threatened two women with a syringe at a set of traffic lights at Yamanto. Aaron Lock

UPDATE 2PM: a 29-year-old man is assisting with police investigations following an alleged attempted car jacking at Yamanto this morning.

Police arrested a man in dramatic circumstances after he forced two women from a vehicle at traffic lights on Warwick Rd about 9am.

Earlier in the day, the suspect had been spotted several times on rural properties south of Ipswich, prompting calls to police from residents.

Police said they made several attempts to intercept the utility, stolen from Greenslopes on Thursday, without success.

Police were informed about 8.30am that the vehicle was at a quarry at Purga, with workers having blocked the ute in with their machinery.

The man then allegedly fled the scene on foot and stole another vehicle from a property nearby, crashing through a fence as he sped off.

Police followed this stolen vehicle to Warwick Road in Yamanto where it was abandoned.

The man then allegedly forced the driver and a passenger of a passing car out of their vehicle and police then arrived on scene as the man locked himself in the car.

Police were forced to smash the window and the man was then taken into custody.

The man was taken to hospital for observation in relation to a medical condition and no one else was physically injured as a result of the incidents.

A 29-year-old man is currently assisting police with their enquiries and investigations are ongoing.

EARLIER: Police allege a car jacking suspect twice used a syringe to threaten members of the public as he desperately tried to evade capture this morning.

Ipswich police spotted a man driving a vehicle that had earlier been reported stolen from Greenslopes about 6am, but the driver evaded crews and continued driving south of the city.

The vehicle was again spotted on Ipswich-Boonah Rd at Peak Crossing a short time later.

Police alleged the vehicle continued onto Munbilla Rd, again evading officers near Munbilla.

The pursuit was called off, but the vehicle was spotted again a short time later at the quarry on Morrows Rd at Peak Crossing.

Police alleged the suspect used a syringe to threaten staff at the quarry, who had attempted to box the man in with machinery.

The suspect escaped into a nearby property, allegedly stealing another car and driving back towards Ipswich.

Police arrested the man after he allegedly threatened two women with a syringe at a set of traffic lights at Yamanto, in another attempt to steal a vehicle.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER: Two women were allegedly forced from their vehicle as a suspected car thief desperately tried to avoid capture this morning.

The drama unfolded after police had already made several attempts to intercept a man in a stolen car between Peak Crossing and Yamanto after 8am.

Police believe the man dumped a stolen car near the quarry at Morrows Rd, Peak Crossing after earlier evading officers, only to steal another vehicle from a nearby property and begin driving towards Ipswich.

Police say a short time later, the man attempted to steal another car at a set of traffic lights at Yamanto, forcing two women from the vehicle.

Officers swooped on the suspect and he was placed under arrest.

Investigations into this morning's incidents are under way.

Topics:  car jacking ipswich crime yamanto

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