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Man 'steals police van' after officers respond to knife incident

After police were called to a Brisbane house where a man was wielding a knife he managed to evade officers and steal their van.

A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing and crashing a police van in Brisbane early on Tuesday morning.

Queensland Police officers were called to a property at Narangba, in the Moreton Bay region, at around 3.30am on Tuesday following reports of a man wielding a knife.

When they arrived at the scene, the man, 37, allegedly evaded officers, hopped into their van and drove away, before eventually crashing — and totalling — the vehicle in North Lakes, some 11 kilometres from the home.

A totalled police van.
The man who allegedly stole the van remains in hospital under police guard. Source: 9News.

He was able to remove himself from the wreck and ran away, but police caught up with him a short time later and placed him under arrest.

Man under police guard in Brisbane hospital

He was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, where he currently remains under police guard.

"He is expected to assist police with enquiries once he has been discharged," a Queensland Police spokesman told Yahoo News Australia.

No officers were injured in the incident and the man has yet to be charged.

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