Police spent almost four hours negotiating with a man who was allegedly threatening to set fire to a drum of petrol in his Proserpine home.
Police spent almost four hours negotiating with a man who was allegedly threatening to set fire to a drum of petrol in his Proserpine home. Aimee Vinci, Whitsunday Times

Siege situation in Proserpine

A FULL-SCALE emergency operation disrupted a usually quiet Proserpine neighbourhood when a man threatened to set fire to a drum of petrol at his Dobbins Lane home on Sunday.

The small street looked like a scene from an action movie as police negotiated with the man during a four-hour siege.

Police negotiators were called into action at 10am after a man, who allegedly burnt his car in the Proserpine Police Station holding yard on Saturday night, set fire to furniture in the street, a spokesman said.

"He's virtually secured himself inside his residence and told police he had a drum of petrol... and if they came any further he'd set it alight," he said.

The man came out of the house just after 2.20pm, the spokesman said.

"He has exited the house in an aggressive manner and was immediately taken into custody by police.

"The arrest of the male offender was affected without any injury to him.

"He appeared to be physically unharmed.

"Investigations are continuing with the male, and he will be later transported to the Mackay watch-house for charging," the spokesman said yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters and ambulance officers remained on standby during the siege and while nearby streets were blocked off, no-one was evacuated from the area, he said.

The incident began just after 11.35pm on Saturday, when two off-duty officers, who live in the town's police house, heard explosive sounds coming from the police station's holding yard.

They discovered a vehicle burning and called firefighters to put it out.

They later visited the owner in his Dobbins Lane home, however, as he was tired and upset they agreed to let him go to sleep.

Firefighters were called to another fire in Dobbins Lane this morning, after a man put his furniture in the street and set it on fire, police said.


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