A Gold Coast man is being hailed a hero after chasing and tackling an alleged car thief he saw running from police through a playing field in Labrador.
Dramatic helicopter footage captured the moment the suspect exited his car and ran through the field, only to be run down and bundled to the ground by the speedy bystander.
The takedown unfolded near dozens of parents and spectators enjoying a children’s OzTag semi-final.
Police were able to catch the suspect moments later, praising the efforts of the Gold Coast man.
“It’s probably the case this fellow should be on the field rather than being a spectator,” Queensland Police representative Chris Ahearn said.
“Great effort and we’re thankful for his assistance.”
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Mr Ahearn confirmed police had been tracking the suspect and his alleged accomplice, who were driving a stolen Volkswagen Golf.
The pair were spotted weaving through traffic and driving dangerously through the Gold Coast’s northern suburbs.
A police helicopter was tracking the vehicle by air, while other officers pursued by road from Coomera to Runaway Bay.
The man had refused to stop, forcing police to employ tyre deflation devices.
Afterwards, the suspect pulled the car over at the Labrador playing field and made a run for it.
The alleged driver, a 29-year-old from Molendinar, has been charged with 12 offences including possessing dangerous drugs, stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He was denied bail, appearing in the Southport Magistrates Court today.
His alleged accomplice, a 22-year-old Chevron Island man, was charged with 13 offences, including stealing.
He was granted bail to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on November 24.