NT man smashes 3 police cars

A NORTHERN Territory man, 39, has been charged with dangerous driving and evade police after he allegedly attempted to outrun officers at Gatton, Wondai and Goomeri.

A highway patrol vehicle intercepted an allegedly speeding four-wheel-drive on the Warrego Highway near Gatton around 2pm yesterday.

When the officer approached the vehicle on foot the driver allegedly reversed the 4WD into the front of his patrol car before speeding off.

Approximately four hours later the vehicle was sighted by police in Wondai.

Three police cars were damaged in three separate incidents when the driver of the four-wheel-drive pulled over, indicating that he was complying with police directions before allegedly deliberately driving at police in their vehicles.

The male driver and sole occupant of the 4WD, which was allegedly stolen earlier in the day from Moorooka, fled from Wondai.

Police pursued the vehicle for a short distance after it was sighted on the Bunya Highway near Murgon around 1.20am yesterday. The vehicle was found abandoned on the side of the highway a short time later.

Officers arrested a man at a Murgon petrol station around 4.25am and charged him with various offences.

Investigations into the incidents continue, however the man was due to appear in the Murgon Magistrates Court yesterday on unrelated matters, as well as traffic offences relating to some of the above incidents. No officers were injured.

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