Ac­cused de­nied bail in court

Men in­volved in Fri­day night car­nage stay in cus­tody

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Tom Gille­spie tom.gille­spie@thechron­i­cle.com.au

TWO of the men in­volved in the chaos on Toowoomba streets on Fri­day night have been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter court ap­pear­ances.

Po­lice will al­lege Damien James Reynolds, 21, was re­spon­si­ble for the theft of the first ve­hi­cle which was in­volved in the as­sault of a po­lice of­fi­cer at 4.15pm on Fri­day.

Jesse Lee Jenk­ins, 24, was al­legedly at the wheel of the car, where he went on to evade po­lice and torch it in Athol a short time later.

POLAIR 1 helped po­lice ar­rest Jenk­ins af­ter he was be­lieved to have evaded po­lice for a sec­ond time later that night, be­fore be­ing ar­rested in Kear­neys Spring.

Reynolds’ ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was de­nied in Toowoomba Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, while Jenk­ins did not ap­ply for it.

Dar­ling Downs De­tec­tive Act­ing In­spec­tor Paul McCusker said po­lice charged a to­tal of six peo­ple with more than 70 of­fences stem­ming from Fri­day night’s car­nage.

“Since Fri­day af­ter­noon, Toowoomba Po­lice have been able to re­fer 73 charges in re­spect to six in­di­vid­u­als, which ranged from very se­ri­ous of­fences as out­lined, and all re­late to bur­glary of­fences, un­law­ful use of­fences and in­vade po­lice charges,” he told the me­dia yes­ter­day.

Det Insp McCusker deemed the ac­tions of of­fi­cers dur­ing the in­ci­dents as “ap­pro­pri­ate”, given the dan­ger­ous man­ner in which the car was driven.

“The mea­sures taken by po­lice dur­ing this time were ap­pro­pri­ate to what had oc­curred,” he said.

“That pur­suit at one stage was ter­mi­nated be­cause of the man­ner (the ve­hi­cle was driven).”

CHAOS: The front page of The Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day.

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