Police charge second man after Harlaxton critical incident
UPDATE: A second man has been charged following an incident that occurred at Harlaxton yesterday.
A 38-year-old Zillmere man has been charged overnight with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary and one count each of enter dwelling with intent, armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle with intent to commit an indictable offence.
He is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.
A 24-year-old Brighton man was charged earlier with one count each of burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, attempted armed robbery, assault, unlicensed driving, assault police and trespassing.
7.30AM: An eyewitness to a crash which split a vehicle in two has described the moment a stolen vehicle slammed into a bus.
The collision marked the end of a critical incident that started in Harlaxton where a man allegedly tried to run down a police officer, forcing him to take drastic action and draw his weapon.
The senior constable officer fired one shot from his firearm.
A passenger in the Subaru ran from police on foot before the driver fled the scene.
That vehicle, a red Subaru Outback allegedly stolen from a South Toowoomba home overnight Tuesday, was spotted speeding eastbound on the Warrego Hwy.
Truck driver Brian Wells witnessed the Subaru slam into the rear of the bus which had been stopped at the intersection of Weier Rd at Plainland, waiting to enter the highway.
The car swerved to miss the stingers police had deployed on the highway when it slammed into the back of a bus, snapping the car in two leaving a half either side of the westbound lanes.
"The bloke came out of the car, feet first, tried to drag a old (sic) bloke out of the car with a knife," Mr Wells said.
"Police have come along with a gun, told him to move away from the car and the bloke legged it.
"They got him down the road."
The somewhat calm arrest belied the path of chaos that had started in Harlaxton yesterday morning.
One man, 22, from Brighton, will today face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on a string of charges including burglary, attempted robbery, assault, assault police and dangerous driving.
6.47AM: Police have charged a man following an incident yesterday at Harlaxton.
A 22-year-old Brighton man has been charged with one count each of burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, attempted robbery, assault, unlicenced driving, assault police and trespassing.
The man is due to appear at the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.
A 28-year-old Caboolture man continues to assist police with their inquiries.
WEDNESDAY 5.25PM: Police have arrested a second man who may be able to assist with their inquiries into an incident this morning at Harlaxton.
The man was arrested at Plainlands about 2.40pm.
About 2.25pm the man was spotted near Gatton driving an allegedly stolen vehicle.
The same vehicle is believed to have been involved in the earlier incident at Harlaxton where a police firearm was discharged.
Police deployed stingers on the Warrego Highway at Plainlands but the vehicle avoided the device, driving around them.
The vehicle then lost control and crashed into the rear of a stationary bus.
There were no passengers on board the bus and the driver was not injured.
The man has then run from the vehicle before allegedly attempting to steal another vehicle from a motorist.
Unsuccessful the man ran off before being arrested by police.
Investigations into both incidents are continuing.
3.20PM: The man wanted in relation to a critical incident in Harlaxton has been arrested in the Lockyer Valley after fleeing police.
Police deployed stingers after the vehicle was tracked to the Plainland area, east of Toowoomba on the Warrego Hwy.
It is understood the vehicle collided with a bus on the highway before the driver fled from the vehicle on foot.
Police pursued on foot and the man was taken into custody.
Scenes of Crime officers have been called to the incident scene.
Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch detectives are at the scene.
2.40PM: Police are tracking a red Subaru wagon on the Warrego Hwy connected to a critical incident in Harlaxton this morning.
Two general duties officers had been responding to another incident in Gleeson Cres when they noted the vehicle which had been reported stolen from a Toowoomba address overnight.
The officers attempted to intercept the vehicle when the driver allegedly rammed the police vehicle and injured an officer.
An officer has jumped out of the way.
One shot was fired from his firearm during the incident.
That matter is now being investigated by the police Ethical Standards Committee.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene in the red Subaru which has been tracked eastbound from Toowoomba.
Police helicopter PolAir has been requested to track the vehicle.
1.30PM: A police spokeswoman has confirmed an officer responding to an incident in Harlaxton this morning discharged their weapon after a driver attempted to run him down.
The police officer was struck by a car in what should have been a routine traffic stop but escalated into a dramatic police chase through Harlaxton.
A police media spokeswoman said police are investigating the Harlaxton incident which started with an officer attempting to intercept a vehicle in Gleeson Cres.
As the officer has attempted to intercept the vehicle, the driver is alleged to have driven towards the officer forcing him to "take evasive action to avoid being hit".
"He was hit and has a minor injury to his leg," the spokeswoman said.
"A police firearms was also discharged as a result of the incident."
Ethical standards officers are believed to be on the way to Toowoomba to investigate the incident.
It is standard practice that Ethical Standards review any situation in which a police firearm is discharged, the spokeswoman said.
12.10PM: A man has been arrested after a gunshot was fired and a police officer was struck by a car in Toowoomba.
The incident unfolded in Harlaxton about 11.30am.
It has been reported that police had found a stolen vehicle in Gleeson Crt.
The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for police and accelerated towards officers.
It is understood a police officer fired a shot in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested in Dwyer St after a short police pursuit on foot through suburban streets.
11.40AM: Shots have been fired and a police officer has been struck by a vehicle in Harlaxton.
The incident occurred in Gleeson Crt about 11.30am.
Several police units are descending on the scene.
The officer was not seriously injured according to reports.