The driver of a stolen car that ploughed head-on into another vehicle, killing two people, spat blood at officers while resisting arrest following the tragic accident.
Emergency crews were forced to sedate the 28-year-old after he tried to flee the scene, according to police.
“He did not want to be arrested - he was difficult,” a police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.
Police tried to intercept the stolen Mitsubishi 4WD in Windsor, north of Brisbane, just before midnight on Tuesday, but the driver sped away, with officers electing not to pursue.
A short time later the speeding car crossed into the southbound lanes on Gympie Arterial Road in Bald Hills and smashed into a hatchback travelling the opposite direction.
Shahid Islam, the 36-year-old male driver of the second vehicle, and the 32-year-old male front seat passenger in the first vehicle were declared dead at the scene, police said.
The 28-year-old male driver and the 32-year-old female rear passenger of the first vehicle were both transported to hospital.
Earlier reports had said that three people died in the incident, but the police later confirmed that this was incorrect.
The driver of the stolen vehicle is being treated for serious injuries and remains in Princess Alexandra Hospital under police guard.
The woman is now in stable condition, police said.
Tributes have flowed for Mr Islam, who played local cricket for the Northern Stars, and leaves behind a wife and four-year-old son.
The Bengal Warriors Cricket Club posted on Facebook that news of death was "very shocking".
"May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah," the club wrote.
"Our heartfelt condolences to the family and Northern Star team."
Police said preliminary inquiries indicated a Mitsubishi 4WD which was stolen from Chamberlain Street in Toowoomba, then sighted about 11.50pm in Windsor.
An ambulance came close to being involved in the collision as they transported a patient to hospital.
Kedron Park Officer-in-Charge and Critical Care Paramedic Matthew Meister said the crew was only 100 metres from the accident and watched it unfold.
"They could have been involved, that's certain we are very lucky more people weren’t involved or hurt," he said.
The crew was first on scene and called for immediate backup.
Eight crews involving some 20 paramedics were called to the scene.
Drivers experienced major delays following the collision, with southbound lanes reopening about 7.40am on Wednesday.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash and are appealing for witnesses and anyone with dash cam footage to contact them.
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