Crooks lead police on chase

CROOKS led police on a high-speed chase and ran passing drivers off the highway after stealing a boat and trailer from a family home.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the 20km pursuit started near the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Butchers Road, Childers, before travelling down Thompsons Road and onto the Isis Highway towards Biggenden.

But he said the chase was called off for reasons of public safety.

Motorist Elise Cottam was lucky to escape serious injury after she was forced off the road by the offenders on Bunns Road.

“I was nearly killed,” Mrs Cottam said.

“They suddenly they came over the crest driving straight at me.

“I tried to pull off to the side, but my car did a full 360 and I ended up in the long grass on the side of the road.”

The drama started after the thieves hooked up a boat and trailer belonging to the Robinson family, as they enjoyed a holiday sleep-in at Woodgate.

Gary Robinson said he heard the family dog barking at about 7.30am.

“When I got up to see what was going on, I saw these blokes hooking up the boat so I called the police,” he said.



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