THE damage bill left in the wake of a driver who ran a red light before tearing up a rural property on the city's western fringes is expected to run into the hundreds of dollars as police continue to hunt the offender.
A stolen Ford Maverick 4WD dumped at the base of a deep, dry quarry is just one remnant of the night of chaos which unfolded on the Torrington property shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
It started as an evade police offence when officers attempted to intercept the vehicle with no number plates after it ran a red light on Bridge St.
It ended with the car's windscreen kicked out and shattered next to the abandoned vehicle and an offender on the run.
The landholder whose land was used as an attempted escape route is also picking up the pieces, repairing rammed fences, buckled gates and mustering cattle which escaped after the chaos.
Toowoomba police and the Dog Squad officers swarmed on the rural property in an effort to detain the driver, telling the landholder to lock their doors and remain inside as they attempted to track the vehicle.
The vehicle slammed through the front gate, which bore a "keep closed" sign before fleeing down the long, winding driveway towards the homestead in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Deviating off the path, the car felled a number of fences and snapped the barbed wire, allowing a herd of cattle to escape.
The rampage continued toward the rear of the property where the driver narrowly avoided a number of parked vehicles and pieces of machinery near a work shed.
Skimming past two dams, the driver then sped up and turned right into another rough-cut track headed down a steep hill in an effort to get away from police and back to the Warrego Hwy.
But through thick grass and in the dead of night, the driver failed to see the dry quarry and ploughed the car down the steep walls, smashing the front end into a mound of hardened dirt.
Undeterred, and with police approaching, the driver appears to have kicked out the windscreen and fled on foot, with footprints leading away from the vehicle and into the bottom paddock on the property.
The Toowoomba Dog Squad searched the property and nearby areas but failed to pick up the driver's trace.
The vehicle is understood to have been reported stolen from Victoria and was yesterday left dumped in the quarry bottom.
The shaken landholders were first alerted to the incident shortly after midnight when police swarmed the area and told them to remain inside so as to not interfere with the sniffer dogs.
They are expected to file a damages claim against the offender when they are caught.
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