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Elderly Man Trapped Inside Stolen Minibus During Police Chase

An elderly man, 76, was at the centre of a terrifying theft after the minibus he was in was stolen by two men and taken on a speeding car chase with police for more than an hour.

The alleged incident unfolded at around 3:20pm on Tuesday afternoon when a carer was assisting his client from the minibus when two men got inside the front of the vehicle.

Police allege the carer attempted to stop the two men but was kicked in the chest before the thieves sped off with an elderly Frenchville man still inside the bus.

The carer immediately notified Queensland police officers who tracked down the vehicle in a dramatic police chase and rescued the elderly man who was trapped inside for more than an hour.

PHOTO: Queensland Police

Police will allege that at during the chase, the minivan crossed to the wrong side of the road and proceeded through a red light.

Police released a "tyre deflation device" allowing them to stop and arrest the two men inside.

Dramatic video from the incident shows multiple police cars with sirens and lights blazing, chasing down the minibus, with officers heard saying the stolen vehicle was crossing onto the wrong side of roads, weaving in and out of traffic and driving at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

Police are then seen dragging two men out of the vehicle and onto the road before they are arrested.

Police said the elderly patient was not physically injured during the alleged incident but was taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for observation.

His 42-year-old carer was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Two men have been charged with a string of offences over the incident and will face court on Wednesday.

PHOTO: Queensland Police

A 23-year-old Wurtulla man faces three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of deprivation of liberty, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, robbery in company, burglary, unlicensed driving, evade police and drink driving.

While a 20-year-old Warana man faces three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of wilful damage, robbery in company, deprivation of liberty, burglary and break and enter.

Featured Image: Queensland Police

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