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Long wait behind bars for six accused of crime spree

A car involved in the police chase in Gympie allegedly crashed into a Nissan Pulsar.
A car involved in the police chase in Gympie allegedly crashed into a Nissan Pulsar. Tyler Skiller

SIX people accused of being linked to a crime spree in which one allegedly hit a police officer with a car have a long wait ahead of them before they get their day in court.

Harley James Grambower, Ashley David Percy Will Leis, Jessica May Leis, Joseph George Leis, Joe Daniel Johnson and Caitlin Carmel Pratt were arrested in January after a high-speed chase through Gympie and police raids.

The group were aged between 19 and 28 at the time of their arrest.

Grambower, Ashley Leis and Johnson are alleged to be connected to a foiled break-in at the Mitre 10 Cooroy where a police officer was hit by a car trying to arrest one of the men.

Among the charges are some linked to an alleged attempted robbery at the Glenwood service station.

The alleged crimes the group have committed spread from Yeppoon to Gympie, Noosa, Cooroy and Pomona.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday heard some of the charges in the "very tangled matter" have already been committed to District Court, but some are yet to be committed.

Grambower is facing 34 charges including one count of arson, three counts of dangerous driving and three counts of stealing, one count of serious assault of a police officer, disqualified driving and drug charges.

Jessica Leis, Ashley Leis and Joseph Leis are charged with a range of drug, property and driving offences.

Johnson has one count illegally possessing explosives among his charges and Pratt is facing charges of fraud and unlawful use of a vehicle.

All parties are expected to remain in prison until their next court date on April 6, 2018.

Topics:  court crime gympie maroochydore magistrates court police chase


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