Police, lawyers warn of risks of the citizen’s arrest

Arrested man in handcuffs with hands behind back

After allegedly leaving a trail of damage that stretched three kilometres, a man was brought to an abrupt halt when Ipswich residents performed a citizen’s arrest on Monday morning.

Police said 10 cars had been damaged during the spree, with the drama ending when the man stopped outside a school and allegedly tried to steal another car.

Images of the citizen’s arrest were published online, showing the man being pinned to the ground before he was loaded into the back of a police van.

The 52-year-old man was charged with 16 offences and is due to face court on Tuesday.

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