Police have been praised for saving four alleged criminals
from a fiery death after a chase in Brisbane's north.
Police began pursuing the gang after they failed to pull over
at Brighton on Thursday night.
Their four-wheel-drive ran off the road at nearby Deagon
shortly afterwards, and the heat from the engine sparked a
grassfire that badly burned the vehicle and a dog squad van.
The officers involved in the chase were forced to smash the
4WD's windows to pull three men and one woman to safety.
A woman and two men have been arrested. The third man is in
hospital under police guard.
Police say the officers showed great courage.
"The police did a tremendous job. They were placed in a very
dangerous situation by the occupants of the vehicle," Acting
Senior Sergeant Allan Cook told the ABC.
"The occupants were wanted by police in regards to some
serious offences that have been committed in recent weeks."
The fire destroyed the dog squad van, but no officers or
animals were injured.
Police later said all four had been charged with a range of
offences, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle and