A convicted sex offender who absconded from a north Queensland prison farm and went on the run for three days has been charged.

Tyrone Speechley, 25, removed his GPS tracking device and slipped out of the Townsville Correctional Centre with another offender on Monday evening.

The second man was caught on Tuesday morning, but Speechley ran through a shallow, crocodile-infested creek to escape.

Police allege that Speechley then stole a car in northern Townsville and drove it out of the city.

The car was found dumped at a spot 60km west of Cloncurry, in western Queensland, about 800km away from where Speechley first removed his GPS device.

Speechley had set out on foot to Mount Isa, where he had friends and relatives.

Police were tipped off by locals and found him hiding in a house in Mount Isa on Wednesday night, where he was arrested.

He's been charged with wilful damage, burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and contravention of relevant order.

Speechley is due to appear the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Friday.

 

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