A GOLD Coast bikie has been charged after allegedly
firing a gun inside a taxi, and attacking two drivers and a
Leonard Toalei, 25, was arrested after a
violent rampage on the Gold Coast about 2.30am (AEST) on
Police say he is a member of the Bandidos
outlaw motorcycle gang.
Toalei remains in custody after his lawyer
sought a delay on a charge of seriously assaulting a police
He was not in court on Tuesday. Police expect
more charges to be added when the case returns to the Southport
Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Officers claim Toalei fired two shots inside a
taxi at Marine Parade, Southport, before embarking on a series
of violent assaults.
They say he was in the back of the taxi with
at least one other passenger when he opened fire.
The taxi driver was not hit and when he pulled
his cab over the gunman fled and assaulted a milk truck driver,
stealing his vehicle before crashing it.
It's alleged Toalei later assaulted a bus
driver, who required hospital treatment for his injuries.
Police said they had to taser the suspect in a
dangerous arrest in which he assaulted a police dog and its
"The person was very violent, and it took a
number of officers to try and restrain this person," Acting
Inspector Greg Lewis told reporters.
Toalei was known to police after a standoff
with officers on the Gold Coast last year.
Despite a string of incidents involving bikies
on the Gold Coast, Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey said
the state had the toughest anti-gang association laws in
Australia, and he believed the government was doing enough to
tackle gang-related violence.