MINIBUS JOYRIDE: Care provider speaks out after men charged
BLUE Care management has spoken out after the alleged theft of one of the company's buses with an elderly man on board.
About 3.20pm yesterday two men were alleged to have stolen the minibus on Hinkler Pde, Maroochydore, after allegedly kicking a carer in the chest as he tried to stop them.
Police were advised as the minibus was driven around the Coast with a 76-year-old Blue Care client still on board.
The van allegedly crossed onto the wrong side of the road in Caloundra and was reportedly seen driving erratically in Nambour, before the dramatic incident was ended in Maroochydore about 4.30pm.
A Blue Care spokeswoman said the "safety and wellbeing of our clients and employees is central to everything we do".
"We can confirm our employee and client is safe and doing well," the spokeswoman said.
"The Queensland Police were immediately informed and acted quickly to secure the safety of our client.
"In accordance with our internal procedures and protocols the incident was reported to the relevant authorities and we will continue to work with police should they need any further assistance."
The 76-year-old man was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital for observation, while the 42-year-old male carer was also taken to hospital for treatment.
The spokeswoman said Blue Care had provided support to the families of the employee and client and would continue to "offer any support required".
"As the incident is now the subject of a police inquiry we are limited in providing any further information," she said.
A 23-year-old Wurtulla man has been charged with three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of deprivation of liberty, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, robbery in company, burglary, unlicensed driving, evade police and drink driving.
A 20-year-old Warana man has been charged with three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of wilful damage, robbery in company, deprivation of liberty, burglary and break and enter.
Both were scheduled to appear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.