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Drug Brit flees Oz on jetski; Police catch crook after 90-mile dash.

Byline: AMY COLES

A BRITISH fugitive fled Australia on a jetski but was caught when he ran out of fuel after 90 miles.

David Jackson, 57, left a handwritten note in his Subaru Outback car which read: "If I'm not back by Wednesday, I'm not dead. But I'm not coming back."

He jumped on the Sea-Doo packed with fuel and supplies at Cape York peninsula, Queensland, on Monday.

Western Australia An eyewitness said Jackson made the "dash" north from Punsand Bay beach.

500 miles Another said: "When he jumped on his jetski he just took off, flat out."

It is understood Jackson covered the first 30 miles in 90 minutes. He then refuelled for the final 60-mile dash.

He was arrested near Saibai Island, two-and-a-half miles off Papua New Guinea, after locals became suspicious.

Jackson had been on the run since February 26 after he pleaded guilty to Cairns Queensland possessing drugs for sale or supply in Western Australia.

AUSTRALIA Sydney He was nabbed by Australian Border Force officers working with Queensland police and Aussie federal police. A federal police spokesman said: "This arrest sends a message to would-be fugitives - our reach across Australia is second to none."

Jackson was taken to Thursday Island, where he was held pending extradition to Western Australia. He will face Cairns magistrates on Friday.

Police have not revealed where in the UK he is from.

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OUT OF FUEL The jetski Jackson used

HAULED IN Jackson is caught by Border Force officers. Picture: Australian Federal Police/PA

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Date:Mar 28, 2019
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