CHECK POINT: Police conducted a routine traffic stop on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd, when a man fled into nearby mangroves.
CHECK POINT: Police conducted a routine traffic stop on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd, when a man fled into nearby mangroves. Scott Sawyer

Mangrove man remanded in custody after court appearance

THE 37-year-old man who fled into mangroves after a routine traffic stop on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd on Tuesday afternoon appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The man was known to police, and took off into surrounding mudflats after police allegedly located drugs in the car.

As a result of ensuing investigations, the man was set to face a major possession of a dangerous drug charge, after police alleged the man had 8g of amphetamine in his possession.

Bail was objected to by police prosecutors, and the man was set to face a number of charges including obstructing police.

Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Det Snr Sgt Luke Peachey said the major charge was the drug possession one, because of the large amount of amphetamine found - charges which can carry a 40-year prison term.

The man has been remanded in custody and will reappear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on September 29.