A HIGH risk wanted man is still on the loose despite a five hour search effort that involved the police helicopter yesterday.
Coolangatta police sergeant Steve Quinn said about midday Highway Patrol pulled over a man for a traffic infringement on Stewart Rd Currumbin.
While police were checking his information he fled the scene ditching his car and a female passenger on the side of the road.
"He decanted on foot," Sgt Quinn said.
"He is wanted on an outstanding police matter."
The 35-year-old man, who is considered transient as he has no fixed address, was wanted on a return to prison warrant.
Sgt Quinn said PolAir, a dog squad unit and uniformed and plain clothed officers were involved in the search.
The female passenger was unable to assist police with the man's location.