Queensland

Man, 27, arrested over Christmas break crime spree

A central Queensland man has been charged over a two-week crime spree stretching from Gladstone to Bundaberg.

He allegedly stole petrol, damaged a police car and crashed a car before fleeing into mangroves south of Gladstone.

Police said the spree started on Christmas Day when he fled a traffic intercept at Benaraby, just outside Gladstone and stole from two different service stations.

A 27-year-old South Gladstone man was arrested on Thursday and charged with 16 offences, including two counts of dangerous driving, three counts of stealing, four counts of unlicensed driving, failing to stop for police and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He allegedly committed the most recent offence on January 5.

The man was due in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Friday.

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