Police arrest man after stolen car catches fire

UPDATE 2PM: POLICE believe a stolen car that has started a large-scale grassfire near Wivenhoe Dam this afternoon may be linked to a dramatic chase in Ipswich this morning.

A second person has been taken into custody after a stolen Holden Astra caught fire on Steeley Rd at Moombra, south of Esk, about 11am.

The fire quickly spread from the car and into the surrounding area, covering some five hectares, according to police.

The car had earlier been reported stolen from a Karalee address.

A man was apprehended a short distance away from the car after running to a creek bed, and police suspect the incident is connected to an earlier vehicle pursuit and arrest at Brassall, where another man was taken into custody after stingers were used to stop a stolen Toyota Corolla.

One man evaded police at Brassall after running through several backyards, and police believe the man may have been picked up in another vehicle at the time.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has confirmed eight crews have been sent to Moombra to control the fire, but there are no reports of property at risk at this stage.


EARLIER: A DRAMATIC pursuit has played out on the streets of Ipswich this morning, with one man managing to out run police.

The chase was triggered after police were alerted to the presence of several stolen vehicles in the district.

When members of the public phoned to report two suspect vehicles hooning in the Brassall area, police set up a cordon.

District duty officer Sergeant Lindsay Kuhrt said one of the two vehicles - a white Toyota Corolla that had been stolen from Acacia Ridge - drove over the police stingers.

A brief chase ensued and the vehicle came to a stop on Fernvale Rd, Brassall - near the intersection of Highmead Dve.

Two men jumped out and ran away, jumping residents' fences and running through yards. Police were able to apprehend one of the men, but the other managed to evade them.

He has been described as being aged about 30, with a slim build and wearing a blue shirt.

Sergeant Kuhrt said some property was found in the vehicle and police were conducting checks to see if it was related to further break and enter offences.

Detectives from the Ipswich CIB are questioning the man who was arrested this morning.

Investigations into the whereabouts of the man who fled police on foot - in addition to the other stolen vehicle - are continuing.

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