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Two men allegedly steal ute for wild ride across Toowoomba

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Two men have allegedly taken a stolen ute for a dangerous joyride across Toowoomba, attempting to break open an ATM, and led police on a three-hour pursuit.

Police allege around 12.10am on Sunday, July 3 two men broke into a business on Anzac Avenue at Drayton and found keys which they used to steal two white Holden Colorado dual-cab utes.

Police say at 12.45am the men drove one of the stolen vehicles to a shopping centre on Drayton Road they approached an ATM and attempted to break it open but were unsuccessful.

A short time later, a witness told police the ute allegedly drove directly through a red light at the intersection of Ruthven and Long streets, Toowoomba before continuing along the wrong side of the road.

Police say the duo drove to a job site at Rielly Street, Torrington around 2.20am where the men allegedly stole a box trailer, hitching it to the rear of the ute.

At 3am, police successfully deployed a tyre deflation device on the vehicle while it was still towing the stolen box trailer. The dual cab continued to travel east on Carrington Road, failing to stop for police.

One of the men climbed into the back of the vehicle as it was still in motion and disconnected the trailer, according to police, causing it to roll away and strike a traffic light at Richmond Drive.

The men continued to drive in a dangerous manner at speed before stopping along Darling Street due to sustaining significant damage.

The two men were then arrested by police.

A 38-year-old Harlaxton man has been charged with three counts of enter premises, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evasion, wilful damage, attempted stealing and driving unlicensed.

A 35-year-old Drayton man has been charged with three counts of enter premises, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle, attempted stealing and wilful damage.

Both are due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Monday, July 4.