Runner eludes swift justice
A TENACIOUS man on the run hid under cars and paddled across canals with police on his trail for more than two hours yesterday.
The young runner even had time to stop for an exhausted vomit as he led sniffer dogs on a chase through suburban streets in Mooloolaba under the hot afternoon sun.
A posse of police was put on patrol to catch the tattooed man, who was dressed only in blue pants.
The Daily could not confirm last night why the man had been on the run from police from about 2.30pm.
It was believed he put something in his pants before he was approached by officers and then fled.
He rolled underneath a car on Goonawarra Dr, an escape that might have worked had a patrol car not driven past at the same time.
The man sprinted through Mooloolaba streets before he reached a canal just off Brisbane Rd.
He dived in and police tried to keep watch as he splashed from one bank to another.
Police took sniffer dogs from door to door in an attempt to trace the getaway's scent.
Media parked on the sides of the canal filmed and photographed the man's saturated emergence from the water.
"What are you filming me for?" the runaway asked one cameraman.
He continued his escape, leaving wet footprints on the sides of the waterway for police to trace.
One witness said he appeared to be carrying a mobile phone, which he seemed to be using to call people.
By 4pm police were still trying to catch the man in the suburban streets of Mooloolaba.
Late yesterday Police Media could not confirm if the man had been caught.
The police posse created a spectacle for residents, who watched the chase from their yards.
At one stage the sniffer dogs narrowed in on a residence where police interviewed at least two occupants.