Officers search a stolen vehicle after it crashed in West Rockhampton yesterday following a police pursuit.
Officers search a stolen vehicle after it crashed in West Rockhampton yesterday following a police pursuit. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Suspects flee crashed car

THREE men yesterday helped police chase two suspects on foot after they fled from a crashed stolen car in Rockhampton.

The car had earlier sped from police through residential streets reaching up to 80kmh and travelled on the incorrect side of the road.

It came to a crashing halt at 3.45pm when it failed to stop at a stop sign and clipped another motorist on North Street.

The car, which was being pursued by police, lost control and crashed into a gutter on Knutsford Street.

Residents heard the crash and rushed outside.

One of the three men who assisted police yesterday said he saw an officer from an unmarked police car start to chase the men after the crash.

“They jumped out, ran down a drive way, through some houses and back on to North Street,” the witness said. “When we lost sight we ran back and told police where they went.”

The men had been at a home in Knutsford Street enjoying Australia Day celebrations when the incident occurred.

At the intersection of Knutsford and North streets skid marks were streaked across the road for about three metres.

Police said the crashed car, a silver Honda Jazz, had been stolen a few days ago.

It was spotted driving along West Street yesterday and police were notified.

Police Inspector Dave Peff said when officers tried to intercept the car it sped away and a pursuit began. The passenger of the car was caught almost immediately but the driver was still on the run yesterday afternoon.

Police said both men were facing a number of charges including evade police, dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

The motorist hit by the stolen car, a woman, was uninjured in the crash, but was examined on scene by ambulance officers.



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