Armed dad flees with son
A BROOKSTEAD father has been banned from drinking alcohol and taking drugs after he armed himself with a shotgun and drove off with his three-year-old son.
The incident on Monday night sparked a statewide child abduction alert and huge response from police including multiple general duty crews, detectives and the police dog squad.
The three-year-old boy had been visiting his father, 28, at his residence when the child's mother arrived to take the boy home.
An argument broke out between the pair and the offender assaulted the woman.
Police said he also smashed the windscreen of the woman's car.
He was armed with a pump-action shotgun and drove off from the property with his son about 6.30pm.
He did not make any threats against the boy's safety.
Police searched the area for the man's white 2010 Toyota LandCruiser.
Police issued a statewide child abduction alert at 8.15pm and requested media broadcast the vehicle description and registration every 15 minutes.
Officers located the man and child hiding back at his house three hours later.
The boy was unharmed.
Officers also discovered cannabis and a drug utensil inside the man's home.
He was arrested and charged with common assault, wilful damage, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a dangerous drug and utensil, and breach of a domestic violence order.
He was held in custody overnight and appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.
Defence solicitor Brad Skuse applied for bail on behalf of the man.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist granted the man bail with strict conditions including having no contact with the complainant woman or her father.
He must also subject himself to random alcohol and drug testing by police.