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An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted robbery and a slew of other offences after CCTV footage captured a stolen Mercedes ploughing into the glass doors of a Queensland service station.
The Gold Coast man is allegedly responsible for a “series of incidents” in Coomera on Monday, which involved four separate crashes in different suburbs.
The 18-year-old has been charged with a total of six offences, including attempted robbery, driving while drunk or on drugs, driving on a suspended license, willful damage and dangerous driving.
Police allege he stole a white Mercedes-Benz station wagon from Nerang yesterday at around 2pm.
“During the course of the next several hours, police received reports from the public of the vehicle allegedly being driven erratically, at high speeds and dangerously,” police said.
“At around 4.30pm the vehicle entered the driveway of an Alexander Drive, Highland Park petrol station and after doing several laps it was driven, at speed, into the glass front doors, smashing them.”
Police allege around 10 minutes later, the man was involved in a hit and run crash after colliding head-on with another car.
Twenty minutes later, it’s alleged the man drove the stolen car into the driveway of a Highland Park home, slamming into the garage before reversing and crashing into a parked car.
Police believe the man then parked behind another vehicle in Southport, before exiting the Mercedes and threatening a man and woman inside the car.
He allegedly demanded they exited the car, “kicking out at their vehicle” and retreating back to the stolen Mercedes when they refused.
The man allegedly dumped the car at Surfers Paradise around 6pm before fleeing on foot.
Giving way to an emergency vehicle at a roundabout
“Multiple police units saturated the area, including the dog squad, and he was taken into custody soon after on Surfers Paradise Boulevard,” police said.
The man has been denied bail and will appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.
Police said nobody was injured during the spree and thanked members of the public for directing their pursuit of the man.