Driving and drug charges, Merrimac

Police have charged a man with a number of offences following investigations in the aftermath of a traffic crash on Robina Parkway early this morning.

It will be alleged just after 6am the 28-year-old man has driven a stolen car into the rear of another car as they both travelled along Robina Parkway and that following this incident he fled the scene of the crash.

Police attended the incident and following a search of the car it will be alleged a sawn-off shotgun, a quantity of chemicals and drug paraphernalia were found.

Further investigations led police to a hotel unit in Merrimac where the alleged offender was found and taken into police custody.

The 28-year-old, Thorneside man was charged with unlawful use of and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop a motor vehicle, failing to comply with the duties of a driver involved in a crash, stealing, possession of a shortened firearm, and an offence in relation to possessing unauthorised and prohibited explosives (ammunition).

He was also charged with receiving tainted property, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and a number of other drug charges.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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