A man in Brisbane is currently at large after carjacking an Uber driver at gunpoint last night.
At around 9:20pm on Sunday, the man approached a 40-year-old Uber driver who was parked on Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill. He pointed a gun at him and ordered him out of the car, then took off.
After he failed to stop at the corner of Herston Road and Kelvin Grove Road, police briefly chased the carjacker, but called off the pursuit after only a few minutes due to the guy’s dangerous driving – he side-swiped two cars stopped at a red light in his attempts to evade the cops.
A police spokesperson told the media that it didn’t seem to be a targeted attack on an Uber driver, but rather an “opportunistic” theft.
Nevertheless, Uber drivers in Queensland could be forgiven for feeling a bit twitchy, considering that it was just two weeks ago that a driver was bashed with a spanner before having his car nicked – not to mention the infamous Australia Day cop bog fiasco.
Police are obviously investigating this particular theft, and are asking the public to assist. The man alleged to have stolen the car is “described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his forties with short brown hair, a stubble beard and wearing a black jacket.”
The car is a 2014 Toyota Aurion with the rego 163VWP. If you see the car, don’t approach it, but call PoliceLink on 131 444.
Source: Brisbane Times.
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