A man was arrested after unsuccessfully trying to swim away from police.
A man was arrested after unsuccessfully trying to swim away from police.

Man swims 1km to escape police

A MAN has jumped in a river and swum a kilometre downstream to escape police following an alleged car chase in the Moreton Bay region overnight.

Police will allege at about 10pm a stolen black Audi was tracked by a police helicopter throughout the north Brisbane area.

Officers successfully deployed two tyre deflation devices along Samsonvale Rd at Bray Park â€" and the vehicle continued onto Gympie Rd at Petrie when it stopped near Wylie Park.

Police allege the male occupant of the stolen car fled on foot and jumped into North Pine River where he swam about one kilometre downstream before surrendering himself to police.

The 32-year-old man from Nanango was charged with three counts of stealing and one count each of burglary, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Police also arrested a 25-year-old woman from Murrumba Downs and allegedly located a firearm at the location where the Audi stopped.

She has been charged with one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of dangerous drugs, and will appear in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on November 26.