A MAN has been caught on CCTV outside McGuire's CBD Hotel in Mackay engaging in a bizarre attack on pub owner Paul Baxter's car this afternoon.

The apparently unprovoked, random incident happened about 3.25pm, Mr Baxter said, when the unknown man ran into the pub, exited out the back into the beer garden, leapt a fence and more or less crash tackled the Ford sedan.

He proceeded to repeatedly throw himself onto the car's roof and made several attempts to kick in the windows, before dashing off in an apparently dazed state.

Mr Baxter, 65, who's owned the Wood St pub for about three years, said he's never seen such frenzied behaviour.

 


"Whether he hurt himself jumping over the fence and took it out on the car or whatever, I'm just not sure," he said.

"I'd say he was heavily into ice or drugs, I'm not sure, but he was just going loopy.

"I just had a look at the CCTV footage and I've never seen him before. But I'm sure someone in town will recognise him when I show the photo around.

"He done a fair bit of damage to himself. I thought he would take his own life the way he was going."

When the Mercury arrived at the scene, Mr Baxter was speaking with Mackay Police, who were investigating the incident.

"Hopefully they can catch him. But my car's a write-off I'd say...," he said.

Paul Baxter, owner of McGuire's CBD Hotel, speaks with Constable Ashley Mileham after a man leapt across the roof of his car in a bizarre and apparently random incident.
Paul Baxter, owner of McGuire's CBD Hotel, speaks with Constable Ashley Mileham after a man leapt across the roof of his car in a bizarre and apparently random incident. Luke Mortimer

Thankfully, no bystanders were injured in the strange incident.

But Mr Baxter was concerned someone may be hurt by the man's dangerous behaviour if police don't catch up with him soon.

If you recognise the man, or have any information which could help police, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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