A 47-year-old Rocksberg man was tasered three times to no effect at the Morayfield Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon before police eventually restrained him with capsicum spray.
The man allegedly assaulted a female police officer and caused damage to several businesses and houses outside the shopping centre over the course of more than an hour and a half before making his way inside.
Two officers from the Morayfield Police Beat worked to restrain him unsuccessfully with tasers before using capsicum spray as he attempted to flee from the centre.
He was sent to hospital to be assessed due to mental health issues in lieu of any charges being laid.
Duty supervisor at the Caboolture Police Station Sergeant Glenn Miller said it was likely he would be charged with seriously obstructing police and possibly another seven charges, including assault, wilful damage and public nuisance.
"There was two (businesses damaged) on Morayfield Rd, an incident at Bob Jane and there's a couple of houses," he said.
The police officer who was assaulted was unharmed and no property inside the centre was damaged.
A police van heading to assist was hit side-on as its driver attempted to cross a busy intersection outside the shopping centre. No one was injured in the crash.
Sgt Miller said it was uncommon for tasers to be so ineffectual.
"It depends on where it hits on the person," he said.
"If it doesn't get the right connection it won't work.
"It depends on how it's hit his body, whether it's caught the clothing or bounced off.
"There's a few things that can cause it not to work."
The 47-year-old man's first offence allegedly occurred at 12.40pm, at a neighbour's house near his Rocksberg home, and police located him at 2.20pm.
Sgt Miller said at this stage it was unclear what had caused the man's actions.