Teen from epic car chase charged with bottleshop break-ins

UPDATE: A teenager involved in a high-speed police chase at the weekend has also been charged with two bottleshop break-ins at Plainland.

William John Noel Compton, 18, allegedly stole a council ute and dragged worker next to the car before he was intercepted on the Warrego Hwy at Lockyer Creek.

He was also charged with the break-in of Porter's Plainland Cellars on August 31 in which a significant quantity of alcohol was stolen.

Compton was charged with the attempted break-in of Porters Plainland Hotel Bottlemart which occurred on the same day.

EARLIER: An 18-year-old Riverview man will front an Ipswich court today on 27 charges after a car chase ended in a crash on the Gatton Bypass section of the Warrego Hwy.

A 16-year-old Inala boy will also front court charged with 10 offences relating to yesterday's theft of a ute at Richlands.

Gatton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham said the 18-year-old's charges included multiple counts of evading police, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing and wilful damage.

Snr Sgt Missingham said Gatton police deployed stingers at the eastern end of the bypass.

He said the youths drove over the tyre deflation device.

"They have continued for another 11km westbound with flat tyres," Snr Sgt Missingham said.

He said the pair was stopped when their vehicle collided with an embankment.

Men arrested in Gatton after epic car chase

A COUNCIL worker was dragged along the roadway today as he tried to stop two men from stealing his ute.

Two men allegedly pulled up in another vehicle next to the unattended council ute and one man jumped out of the car and stole it, police said.

A 44-year-old council worker tried to stop the pair but was dragged along the ground for a distance before the pair got away.

The victim received minor injuries.

Police said the pair reached speeds of up to 160kmh after they allegedly stole the car at Ashgrove about 10.15am and were caught in Gatton two hours later.

The ute, which was white with a black tray canopy, was then driven at "dangerous speeds" according to police on the Western Freeway and Ipswich Motorway.

It was understood the ute hit another car on the Ipswich Motorway around 1.30pm.

Witnesses said they saw the driver tyring to refuel the car, which reportedly had a flat front tyre, at a Freedom service station on the Warrego Hwy but were unable to stop him.

Police warned motorists to be aware of the car, and were able to arrest the pair about 2pm.

Two men aged in their teens are assisting police with their inquiries.

No charges have been laid yet and investigations are continuing.

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