IN THE THICK OF IT: The campsite occupied by two men in the dunes at Marcoola.
IN THE THICK OF IT: The campsite occupied by two men in the dunes at Marcoola. Brett Wortman

Wanted camper in three-hour police pursuit at Marcoola

A WANTED man found living in the sand dunes at Marcoola has been arrested after a three-hour police chase.

The drama began when officers were called to Beach Access 111 by a member of the public, who reported seeing two men riding motorcycles through the sand dunes yesterday morning.

There were also reports the men had set up a permanent campsite in the dunes and there were concerns a campfire had been left unattended.

When police arrived to talk to the men, they recognised one of them as a man wanted on a warrant for previous offences.

He fled on foot, with the two officers in hot pursuit and calling for back-up, including the Sunshine Coast Dog Squad.

For some time the man eluded officers in scrub around Sunshine Coast Airport, appearing fleetingly before disappearing again.

After several hours, a resident phone police to report a man "covered in cuts and scratches" had knocked on the door and asked to use the phone.

He was then seen near the Marcoola Surf Club before taking off along the esplanade.

A police spokesman said residents called 000 to report a man jumping over fences and through backyards a Lorraine Ave and Clematis Ct.

At 1.20pm, exhausted officers finally caught up with the man in an alleyway near Clematis Ct

He was arrested and taken to Maroochydore Police Station, where he was expected to be charged with offences including evading police, dangerous use of a motorcycle and illegal loitering.

No information was available on the crimes covered by his outstanding warrant.

Council workers were called to help police dis

mantle and remove the campsite yesterday afternoon.



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