Shot-gun wielding man arrested after terrifying crime spree across Brisbane
A man will face court over a bizarre crime spree that allegedly involved a gun, train crash, a fire, four stolen vehicles, and two terrifying run-ins with sleepy Queenslanders.
A 29-year-old man is facing a raft of charges following the seven-hour drama that ended after he allegedly dumped one of his getaway cars on a rail line, shot at it, and left it to be hit by a coal train.
Police say he was caught after officers cornered him at a vacant home not far from where the ute was dumped at Helidon in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
He then allegedly tried to get away on a stolen motorbike before officers had to contend with a fire in a shed on the property.
Police said the drama played out over 150km in Queensland's southeast, beginning about 2.30am with the dramatic theft of a bread truck at Birkdale, on Brisbane's bayside.
It's alleged the man pushed the driver out of the truck at a service station and fled south to Logan, where he dumped the truck, broke into a house and used the shotgun to threaten a family who'd been asleep.
Police said he then stole the family's sedan and fled west, but crashed it into the fence of a house at Borallon, near Ipswich.
It's alleged he also used the gun to threaten the occupant of that house, and stole the resident's ute before heading further west to Helidon, where it was left on the rail line.
Authorities say it's lucky the approaching coal train was moving slowly, and the crew wasn't hurt in the collision.
Police say they found the alleged offender's gun in the ute.
Only one person was hurt - the driver of the bread truck who suffered an arm injury.
The alleged offender will face the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Saturday on a string of charges, including discharging a weapon in a public place and four counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.