luxury car has been taken on a wild four-hour joy ride after it was stolen from a Gold Coast address on Monday afternoon, leaving a trail of destruction before the man allegedly responsible was tracked down in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast detectives have charged an 18-year-old man after a string of incidents and traffic crashes on Monday.

The incidents started when the teenager allegedly stole a car from a home on Prince St at Nerang at 2.10pm, with police receiving reports throughout the afternoon of the white Mercedes-Benz station wagon driving dangerously and erratically at high speeds.

Police say that at 4.30pm, the vehicle was used to smash through the glass doors of a service station on Alexander Drive in Highland Park, before the same car was involved in a head-on collision on Aurura Crescent in Worongary at 4.40pm.

No one was injured in the collision and police say that the car drove off again, proceeding to a Highland Park home where it smashed into the garage door of the Tristiania Way house around 5pm.

The vehicle then collided with a parked car as it fled that scene.

The man then allegedly threatened a couple at Southport, demanding they get out of their car.

When they refused, the man kicked their car and returned to the stolen Mercedes, speeding off from the site.

The Mercedes was dumped some time later on Hanlan St in Surfer’s Paradise, with the dog squad and multiple police units converging on the area and taking the man into custody soon after 6pm on Surfer’s Paradise Boulevard.

No-one was injured in any of the incidents.

The Highland park man was denied police bail and is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, drive while under the influence of liquor or a drug, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted robbery, wilful damage and drive without a licence while disqualified.

Extracted in full from: Four-hour Gold Coast joy ride in allegedly stolen Mercedes | The Courier Mail