An incident occured on the corner of Dawson Highway and Aerodrome Road at around midday after an escaped prisoner allegedly attempted to flee from police.
An incident occured on the corner of Dawson Highway and Aerodrome Road at around midday after an escaped prisoner allegedly attempted to flee from police. Matt Taylor

UPDATE: Video of escapee crashing before arrest

Update Sunday 4.20pm: Dashcam video of a Central Queensland prisoner Lui 'Dylan' Tiaaleaiga on the run from police crashing into multiple cars has emerged.

The video has been shared almost 1000 times on Facebook, posted originally by Grant Kiernan and shared to one of the Central Queensland Crime Watch Facebook pages by another person.

WARNING: Explicit language heard in video.

 

UPDATE Saturday 4.41PM: GLADSTONE Police Inspector Darren Somerville addressed media this afternoon after escaped Rockhampton prisoner Lui 'Dylan' Tiaaleaiga was arrested following a police pursuit.

Tiaaleaiga was taken into custody after crashing into three vehicles on the corner of Dawson Highway and Aerodrome Road after spending a week on the run from police.

A state-wide manhunt was underway after Tiaaleaiga escaped police custody while in Rockhampton Hospital last Saturday.

He was spotted this morning driving an allegedly stolen car in Rockhampton, where police initially tried to stop him but he was able to evade police.

The same car was seen again on the Bruce Highway and was able to evade police before being caught in Gladstone.

The moment Lui Tiaaleaiga was arrested in Gladstone this morning.
The moment Lui Tiaaleaiga was arrested in Gladstone this morning.

Inspector Somerville said Gladstone police became aware of the fact that Tiaaleaiga was in the Gladstone area at around 10.30am.

Police attempted to intercept the offender using several measures, including stingers, which were unsuccessful.

Inspector Somerville said the pursuit continued for about half an hour before the offender collided with a number of vehicles and came to a stop.

 "There were three vehicles hit at the conclusion of the pursuit, and there were two prior to that," he said.

Inspector Somerville said from the three cars at the final collision, there were six people involved, including two children.

"The family received minor injuries and were treated by QAS however didn't require any hospitalisation," he said.

"We are very happy that nobody was seriously injured in the incident … and that the offender is back in custody."

Inspector Somerville said upon the collision with the other vehicles, Tiaaleaiga allegedly attempted to "get into another vehicle and continue in his escape."

"The offender was tasered once arrested, so he didn't surrender of his own free will."

The offender has suffered some minor injuries and is currently in hospital being assessed.

Inspector Somerville said it is good to have Tiaaleaiga back in custody and further investigations will determine what offences have occurred since his escape.

Tiaaleaiga is expected to appear in court at a later date.

1.15PM: MORE information has come to light about the dramatic arrest of 26-year-old escaped prisoner Lui 'Dylan' Tiaaleaiga this morning in Gladstone.

According to Queensland Police a Toyota Hilux, which was reported stolen from Foreshores on August 2, was spotted by police driving along Salamanca Street in Frenchville, Rockhampton at 6.20am.

Police followed the car which evaded police and was reportedly later seen driving dangerously.

The car was sighted again travelling along the Bruce Highway at Yarwun around 9.40am.

The car evaded police again before travelling along the Dawson Highway.

Officers continued to track the car, reportedly closing down streets, before the car collided with another on Kirkwood Rd in Gladstone around 11am.

As a result of the collision the ute was unable to be driven and the driver was taken into custody.

Members of the public received medical attention at the scene for minor injuries sustained in the collision.

The 26-year-old driver of the car also received medical attention at the scene for lacerations to his leg and arm.

Police have taken Lui 'Dylan' Tiaaleaiga into custody this morning in Gladstone.
Police have taken Lui 'Dylan' Tiaaleaiga into custody this morning in Gladstone. QPS

Police are expecting to charge the man later today.

Police will speak with media later today.

12.15PM: POLICE have this morning confirmed they have taken escaped prisoner LUI 'Dylan' Tiaaleaiga into custody after he escaped from under police watch last Saturday.

Detective Senior Sargent Luke Peachey has confirmed Tiaaleaiga has been taken into custody in Gladstone, just south of Rockhampton.

Tiaaleaiga has been on the run for a week after he escaped police custody at the Rockhampton hospital.

Police told media yesterday they believed he had travelled south as far as the Gold Coast.

Police are expected to hold a press conference in Gladstone this afternoon.

More to come.



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