By HARRY CLARKE
A WOMAN was strangled, a firearm was wielded from a car window and road spikes were deployed twice in a wild police chase stretching hundreds of kilometres from inner-city Brisbane to outback Queensland.
The shocking incident began in a public carpark at Taringa in Brisbane’s inner west about 2am on Sunday April 10, when a 19-year-old woman was grabbed by the neck and strangled as she tried to enter her Toyota Landcruiser.
Police say the alleged assailant, 25-year-old Stafford Heights man Cody John Schloss, pulled the woman from the vehicle and left her in the carpark with grazes and scratches to her neck, arm and elbow.
The Landcruiser has since been linked to a string of offences across country Queensland between April 10 and April 12, including fuel drive-offs at Rolleston, Alpha, Longreach and Dingo.
Police are also investigating an incident about 6pm on Monday April 11 when the vehicle was allegedly driven at police officers at a roadside breath testing site on the Landsborough Highway at Longreach.
Then at about 2.40pm on Tuesday April 12, police were called to reports of a man in a Toyota Landcruiser driving dangerously in Dulacca.
It is alleged the vehicle was being driven erratically, leaving the roadway and swerving into oncoming traffic causing other motorists to take evasive action.
One motorist told police the driver of the vehicle pointed what appeared to be a firearm at a passing vehicle.
Police successfully deployed road spikes at Miles but the Landcruiser continued to drive on deflated tyres.
Officers pursued the vehicle to Chinchilla where the pursuit was abandoned due to safety concerns.
A second set of road spikes was successfully deployed at Warra and police attempted to intercept the Landcruiser. It collided with a police car and continued along the Warrego Highway.
The vehicle was intercepted on Oakey Connection Road at Oakey, where Mr Schloss was arrested and taken into custody.
He was charged with unlawful entry of a vehicle for committing indictable offence at night (using violence), disabling in order to commit indictable offence (Taringa), armed robbery (using personal violence) and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Mr Schloss appeared briefly today in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court, where he was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned to June.
Investigations into other alleged offences are ongoing. Anyone with information or relevant dashcam footage is urged to contact police.