The man escaped from custody this morning after being sentenced in court. (ABC News: Eliza Goetze)
Bundaberg police have recaptured a man who escaped from custody this morning, ending a three-hour search that shut down suburban streets.
The 19-year-old fled from officers as they moved him from a car into the watchhouse after he was sentenced in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
Acting Senior Sergeant Michael Bishop said the man had family living nearby.
He said the event was “very unusual” and the man was not wearing handcuffs when he allegedly “pushed away” from officers.
“A tow truck at the rear of the station was blocking the police vehicle’s access into the secure vehicle lock, which was a contributing factor,” he said.
More than 30 officers including the dog squad and trail bike were involved in the search which moved house-by-house for two blocks behind the police station.
More than 30 officers including the dog squad were involved in the search. (ABC News: Eliza Goetze)
Officers eventually arrested the man in the front yard of a house on Mulgrave Street in the city’s west about 1:30pm.
Resident Harry Moreny said he watched police capture the man after waiting under his house.
“I was up in my room, I heard him come running out… police came out and got him down on the ground in my front yard,” Mr Moreny said.
“Not tackled him, more like commanded him to, because they had about five [officers] here.”
The man will now face a count for escaping lawful custody.