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Charges laid over Gold Coast driving rampage

21-year-old faces string of offences

Charges laid over Gold Coast driving rampage Image Credit: Nine News Gold Coast

A 21-year-old man is due in court today on a string of offences after leading police on a car chase across the northern Gold Coast.

Police claim the man was armed with a shotgun when he threatened a woman, believed to be his mother, at her Upper Coomera home around 10:30 yesterday morning.

He apparently stole her car and fled, after a 67-year-old neighbour intervened. 

The man then allegedly dialed his ex-partner and made threats, before driving to her home in Nerang, but he took off again after seeing police were there waiting for him.

He is then accused of speeding and driving dangerously in an effort to throw off pursuing officers, before ditching the first stolen vehicle and carjacking a teenager in Oxenford.

The 18-year-old driver and her 16-year-old passenger escaped unharmed while the man sped off again.

He was eventually arrested when police deployed the tire spikes on Tambourine-Oxenford Road around 11:30.

He has since been charged with a string of offences including dangerous driving, armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and going armed to cause fear.