- Porsche crash
- Police chase video
A dramatic high-speed police chase on the Gold Coast today ended in carnage after an alleged car thief crashed a luxury yellow Porsche Boxster and a utility.
The 24-year-old male driver from Ashmore allegedly stole the Porsche during a break-in at Mudgeeraba property on August 25.
Police pursued the driver on and off for two hours from about 11am today, before he crashed the Porsche Boxster on Golden Valley Drive in Tallebudgera.
At the height of the pursuit, the driver sped up an off-ramp, in the direction of oncoming traffic, onto the M1 at Reedy Creek.
The driver continued along the M1 before making a u-turn on the motorway and headed south.
Gold Coast Inspector Darren Soppa said the offender reached speeds of 150 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, before police were forced to temporarily abandon the pursuit.
”On three occasions we activated police lights and sirens and engaged in a pursuit and each of those times lasted only a minute or so, before he did something dangerous and we disengaged,” he said.
”But we maintained follow and we maintained a search grid pattern.”
The young man continued towards Burleigh Waters, but it was not long before he lost control, smashing the luxury car into a a barrier and upending one front wheel.
But that did not deter him. With the front right wheel at a 90 degree angle to the road, he managed to evade police in the Currumbin Valley.
Once in Tallebudgera, the driver lost control again, this time crashing the Porsche Boxster into a wooden barrier near parkland.
Police said he abandoned the car and fled on foot into a nearby acreage property, with police on his heels, but he happened upon a dual cab Nissan Navara with the keys still inside.
He sped past police in the utility, but not far along Tallebudgera Creek Road he crashed into a median strip, blowing the front and back passenger-side tires.
”When we re-engaged him, he couldn’t really keep control of the vehicle,” Inspector Soppa said.
”He continues to evade police and heads up Trees Road … where he tries to make a u-turn off to the shoulder of the road, but the vehicle became bogged.”
Police surrounded the vehicle and the driver was arrested.
Inspector Soppa described the 24-year-old’s actions as ”reckless, stupid and dangerous”.
The Ashmore man is now being questioned by police.
Channel 7 helicopter pilot Greg Rogers, who followed the chase from the skies and assisted police, likened the incident to a opening sequence in a James Bond film.
”There was more action than a Hollywood movie,” he said.
”There was smoke and fire coming out of the Porsche Boxster at one stage.
”When the front tire did actually [come free from] the Porsche Boxster, it happened just as another car was coming past and it bounced off that car … so that driver was particularly lucky that it didn’t bounce off an go through their windscreen.”
Mr Rogers said the chase was the most dramatic he had seen in his 30 years as a media helicopter pilot.