A mother has jumped in front of her own car to stop a man from stealing it and her children who were seated in the back, police allege.
The man and woman stopped their four-wheel-drive on Algester Road in Brisbane’s south about midday on Thursday, to make a delivery to a nearby school.
Both parents got out of the car, leaving the keys in the ignition and the airconditioning running as they opened the rear of the four-wheel-drive.
It will be alleged a teenager standing at a nearby bus stop then jumped into the driver’s seat, locked all of the doors and began revving the engine.
The mother of the three young children in the back seats leapt in front of the car to stop what police have described as an “attempted theft”.
Her actions led to the man fleeing from the scene on foot through a park and into a nearby residence, where police found him hiding behind a couch and arrested him.
A 19-year-old Mount Cotton man has been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and obstructing police. He was due to appear in Richlands Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
No one was physically injured in the incident.