Gun snatch thug drags police through barbed wire

A man tried to snatch a police officer's gun before he was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle when he was chased.

Officers chased him through the town of Gatton, west of the city of Brisbane, in the Australian state of Queensland for about 30 minutes before he fled on foot, local media said.

The officer used pepper spray on the man in a struggle, but he managed to get away.

The policeman who chased the man was treated in hospital for minor injuries, it was reported.