Police chase of syringe carjacker ends with a taser sting

A POLICE chase ended with a taser on Sunday after a man allegedly threatened multiple people with syringes and attempted to steal a car with a baby in it.

Joseph Reginald Weldon fronted Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday on 10 charges, including armed robbery and common assault.

Blackwater Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Alan Baker alleged that about 2.30pm the 28-year-old stole a vehicle in Springsure and drove at speeds of up to 180kmh to avoid police.

Det Sgt Baker alleged Weldon drove to Emerald and attempted to steal another car which held a baby, but a woman managed to remove the baby as he tried to start the car.

Unable to start it, Weldon approached a man at the Emerald car wash and allegedly stole his car after threatening him with a syringe.

Weldon then allegedly continued at high speed through Blackwater, Bluff and Dingo where he continued to cross double white lines, on blind corners, at speeds of up to 190kmh. Near Duaringa police laid out a tyre deflation device, and they alleged that as Weldon tried to avoid the device he swerved and came to a stop after hitting a guard rail.

He then allegedly threatened police with the syringe, before they tasered him and took him into custody.

Weldon is a Glenella resident.

The stolen car was "extensively damaged".

Weldon faces one count each of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, common assault, assault or obstruct police, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, breach of bail conditions and two counts each of dangerous operation of a vehicle and driving while unlicensed.

His matter was adjourned until September 9.



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