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Teens in dock after high-speed chase

FOUR Queensland teenagers, including two girls aged 13 and 14, appeared in Grafton Children's Court yesterday over a high speed chase involving a stolen car on the Pacific Hwy on Sunday afternoon.

The chase, which began north of New Italy and was suspended numerous times because of the potential danger to the public, ended at Ulmarra when the stolen Holden Rodeo collided with a Toyota Rav4, causing the Rav4 to roll.

No one was injured in the collision.

"It's lucky someone wasn't killed," said Magistrate David Heilpern in court yesterday.

The car driver, a 16-year-old boy, pleaded guilty to car theft, negligent driving and reckless driving and was refused bail to appear in court on September 3.

A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to knowingly being carried in a stolen car and will re-appear on the same date.

He was granted bail on the condition a responsible adult accepts responsibility for him.

Mr Heilpern noted that neither of the two legal guardians on the boy's record had turned up to court and commented that they could not "wash their hands" of this child.

The two girls pleaded guilty to being carried in a stolen car and were each served with a 12-month good behaviour bond.

The girls are both wards of the state of Queensland and last night arrangements were being made to accommodate them in Grafton and transport them back to Queensland.

It is understood one of the girls stayed in hospital on Sunday night.

Topics:  grafton children's court, high-speed chase, pacific highway, stolen car


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