Man allegedly eats drug stash while attempting to flee from police

| 17.02,19. 07:38 PM |



Man allegedly eats drug stash while attempting to flee from police


Photo: Police found a large wad of cash after they tracked down the fleeing man. (Supplied: QPS)


A man has eaten a large quantity of the drug known as ice while trying to flee from officers during a dramatic late-night pursuit north of Brisbane, police say.


Police have released body-worn camera vision of the pursuit, which they say began when officers tried to pull over a 22-year-old driver just before 11:00pm on Saturday.


The video shows a car speeding away from police on Old Gympie Road at Burpengary.


The man allegedly sped through a red light before crashing into another car on Deception Bay Road and running into nearby bushland.


The police footage shows the moment a member of the dog squad tracks down the alleged driver.


In a statement, the Queensland Police Service said the man "began to show signs of illness after having allegedly eaten a large quantity of methylamphetamine [also known as ice] while he ran from police".


Pursuing officers discovered close to $11,000 in cash nearby.


The man was taken into custody and straight to the Caboolture Hospital for treatment.


Officers can be seen searching the car driven by the man, in which they found what appeared to be several false number plates.


Police said several other "suspect items" were also seized for examination.


'All too regular' for police


Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers praised the quick thinking of officers who dealt with the man.


"It's important for the public to see firsthand how things actually occur and what we actually do," he said.


"It shows the issue in relation to drugs and the battle which we are facing as police to fight to protect the community."


Mr Leavers said this type of incident was "all too regular" for police.


"Combined with mental health and domestic violence, these are the three core issues of what police actually deal with right across the state of Queensland," he said.


The arrested man is yet to be charged.


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