A police officer has been hurt while trying to stop an unaccompanied learner driver in Elanora.
Police said the senior constable approached the teenager driver sitting in a parked vehicle on the corner of Saffron Street and Nineteenth Ave around midday on Tuesday, after it was spotted earlier in the day driving around with no registration plates.
The officer tried to remove the keys from the car's ignition to stop the driver taking off, but the teenager accelerated, with the policeman's hand caught in the steering wheel, and hit the vehicle parked in front of him.
He then did a U-turn and crashed into the officer's unmarked police car before the senior constable managed to grab the keys, after a struggle, and arrest him.
An 18-year-old man was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with facial injuries after the incident, and was later charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evade police, learner unaccompanied, drive unregistered and uninsured vehicle, possess drug, utensil and tainted property.
He is due to face the Southport Magistrates Court on May 10.
The police officer suffered minor leg and back injuries and was also taken to hospital for treatment.