Friday, November 10, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


Police Charge Man Over Stolen Rural Fire Vehicles

Detectives have charged a man after he allegedly stole two rural fire trucks in separate incidents near Mackay over the past week.  

It will be alleged on October 31, the man broke into the Sarina Marlborough Rural Fire Brigade on Tara Creek Road and stole a Nissan Patrol rural fire vehicle and other equipment.

It will be further alleged on November 4, the same man broke into the Victoria Plains Rural Fire Brigade on Victoria Plains Road and stole an Isuzu NPS 3007 fire truck.

After information was received from members of the public, police located the Nissan Patrol in bushland at Sarina Beach Road near Campwin Beach Road on November 4.

On Sunday, November 5, police executed a search warrant at Keilbach Court in Sarina where they seized emergency lights from the Isuzu truck, hidden in the house.

Police subsequently attended an unoccupied property at Marlborough Sarina Road at Sarina Range and located the Isuzu covered by a tarpaulin.  It will be alleged the dashboard and parts of the truck had been extensively damaged and the body of the vehicle painted with white house paint.  

A 22-year-old Ilbilbie man has been charged with two counts each of break and enter premises, stealing of vehicle, unlawful use of motor vehicle, wilful damage and driving whilst licence suspended.  He has also been charged with one count each of evade police, possession of tainted property and possession of explosive (ammunition).

Wounding and assault charges Following Juliet Street Stabbing

Police arrested a 27-year-old man following an alleged grievous bodily harm incident in Mackay on November 4.

It will be alleged around 3pm, five people who are known to each other became involved in an altercation along Juliet Street. It was reported that the man allegedly stabbed three people.

A 23-year-old Mackay man and a 21-year-old Mackay man sustained non-life threatening wounds and a 36-year-old Mackay woman sustained a minor facial injury as a result of the incident.

A 28-year-old Mackay man was not physically injured.

Police attended and located a 27-year-old Bucasia man nearby.

He has been charged with one count of wounding, three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of common assault.

Truck Driver In Critical Condition

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a serious traffic crash that occurred in St. Lawrence on November 7.

Initial information indicates a truck has left the Bruce Highway and crashed with a tree near Wumalgi Road around 7am.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 55-year-old Rural View man, was flown to Rockhampton Hospital in a critical condition.

The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions for a period of time while investigations were ongoing.

Anyone with information about the crash, or who has dashcam vision, is urged to contact police.

Fatal Vehicle Accident Near Habana

One person has died following a single vehicle crash near Habana on November 3.

Initial information indicates a Mitsubishi Triton was travelling along Mackay - Habana Road around 10:45am when it left the road.

The driver of the vehicle, an 84-year-old Andergrove man died at the scene.

Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.

Passenger Of Ute Dies In Accident Near Sarina

Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating after a man died in a single vehicle roll over north of Sarina on 1st November.

Initial investigations indicate at 3.25pm a 4WD utility was headed south on the Bruce Highway just past Sarina Homebush Road when the vehicle has left the road and rolled several times.

A male passenger died at the scene.

The male driver was transported to Mackay Base Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigations are continuing.

Appeal For Witnesses In Andergrove Road Rage Incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 45-year-old Sarina man was allegedly assaulted during a road rage incident in Andergrove on 6th September.

Emergency services were called to a shopping centre carpark along Campbell Street at approximately 5pm following reports of an altercation involving two drivers.

Upon arrival, a 45-year-old man was located on the ground next to his white Holden Commodore sedan with serious injuries.

He was transported to Mackay Base Hospital for treatment.

It will be alleged the man was pulled from his vehicle and struck multiple times by a 42-year-old Andergrove man who then left the scene in a black Nissan Dualis.

It will be further alleged prior to the assault, an altercation occurred between the occupants of the two vehicles while they were travelling along Sams Road and Glenpark Street.

On September 11, police arrested the 42-year-old Andergrove man.

He has been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and is due to reappear at Mackay Magistrates Court on January 24.

Mackay detectives are appealing to witnesses, particularly anyone with relevant vision of the two vehicles at the time of the alleged incident, to come forward.

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