Police chase hit and miss

THE weekend saw two police pursuits around the Yeppoon area and two very different outcomes.

The first pursuit started about 9pm on Saturday when police identified two stolen vehicles travelling along Yeppoon Road near Cawarral.

Rockhampton Sergeant Ralph Faria said the Holden and Ford utes had been stolen from North Rockhampton earlier that day.

He said the vehicles had been travelling together, towards Rockhampton, when spotted by police.

The pursuits lasted about 15 minutes each before police were forced to terminate for safety reasons.

Police pulled out of the chase with the Holden when the ute was clocked at 160kmh in a 100kmh zone and was heading towards a residential area in North Rockhampton.

The other chase was terminated when the Ford reached speeds of 120kmh in a 70kmh zone.

Sergeant Faria said both vehicles were found abandoned in the Norman Gardens area and it is believed that both drivers had fled on foot.

He said the drivers remained at large yesterday and investigations were continuing. ? Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a 19-year-old man was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with cuts to his face following another police chase.

Yeppoon Sergeant Neil Shillington said police had detected the man allegedly speeding on Adelaide Park Road, Yeppoon, about 6.30am yesterday.

He said the man had refused to pull over and police had chased him at speeds of 80kmh.

Sergeant Shillington said the chase ended briefly when the man came off the road as he was travelling around a corner.

He said the man had then hit a power pole near St Brendan's College, ripping it out of the ground.

Ergon Energy acting corporate communications manager Brenda Hannigan said the accident had brought down the pole and conductors.

She said power was cut to 1156 households about 6.40am. Ms Hannigan said power had been restored to all but 24 homes by 7.16am, with the rest of the power being restored by 10.53am.

Police are investigating the accident.

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