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Australia: Motorbike involved in double-fatal crash on the Gold Coast was stolen, police say

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Queensland Police's Ethical Standards Command and the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating a motorbike crash that killed two people at Helensvale on the Gold Coast overnight.

A 36-year-old Oxenford man and a 35-year-old Upper Coomera woman died after the motorbike they were riding crashed into a pole at the intersection of Siganto Drive and Helensvale Road around 1:30 on Saturday morning.

Acting chief superintendent Rhys Wildman said the motorbike, believed to have been stolen from Biggera Waters on October 11, was earlier spotted by police at Discovery Drive travelling at high speeds.

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"Police proceeded to follow that vehicle, motorcycle, onto Helensvale Road heading westbound," he said.

"Police activated their warning devices in an attempt to intercept that particular motorcycle, however the motorcycle accelerated away.

"Officers immediately disengaged from that attempted intercept and shortly after police [came] across a motorcycle that had collided with a pole."

Witness charged with DUI offences

Acting chief superintendent Wildman said a ute was found at the scene.

A 50-year-old Elanora man, who witnessed the crash, has been charged with high range drink driving, driving unlicensed and driving without prescribed interlock device.

He is due to appear before the Southport Magistrates Court on December 9.

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"All I can say is the utility has been seized and will be forensically examined in the coming days to ascertain exactly whether there was any involvement with the utility or not in the collision," acting chief superintendent Wildman said.

He said police did not always attempt to intercept speeding vehicles by pursuing them and that "there are normally other methods of tracking down these offenders".

"We're very successful at tracking offenders down in stolen vehicles."

'A very traumatic scene'

Acting senior operations supervisor for the Queensland Ambulance Service, Dion Marr, said critical care paramedics attended the scene but the pair who had been on the motorcycle were unable to revived.

"[It was] a very traumatic scene for all emergency services that arrived there," he said.

"The message is to slow down and take care on our roads, especially coming into this Christmas period."

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