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Charges laid over dangerous driving, Bruce H'way closed for hours


Update: Two people have been charged with multiple offences including dangerous driving in an incident that closed the Bruce Highway at Deeragun for five hours yesterday.

A 20-year-old Heatley man has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today charged with unlawful entry of a vehicle to commit offence, attempted unlawful entry of a vehicle, driving a vehicle with number plates not attached, driving without a license, possessing drug utensils and two counts each of dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected and evading police.

A 31-year-old Vincent woman has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected, possessing drug utensils, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of an offence and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. She has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today.

Earlier: At 10.45am on February 23, police attempted to intercept red Holden Commodore utility without registration plates in Vincent however, the vehicle failed to stop and allegedly evaded police.

Around 11.25am, police deployed a tyre deflation device on Black River Road but the vehicle continued to be driven on damaged tyres.

The utility stopped near a parked white Toyota Landcruiser with a trailer before a woman got out of it and allegedly drove away in the Landcruiser.

A short time later the Landcruiser crashed into another car and police arrested a woman.

The Holden utility was then driven south in the northbound lane of the Bruce Highway, colliding with three cars.

The alleged driver of the Holden utility then unsuccessfully attempted to enter multiple vehicles before police apprehended him at the scene.

A 20-year-old man and a 31-year-old female are assisting police with their inquiries.

The Bruce Highway was closed between Shaw Road and Wagner Street until 4.30pm when one lane was opened.

An officer was injured while attempting to intercept the woman in the Landcruiser and was taken to hospital with a laceration to his wrist.

A driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collisions on the Bruce Highway was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and appealing for anyone who may have information or dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.