Teenagers arrested after high speed chase on highway



A HIGH speed car chase came to an abrupt halt at Tyndale late on Wednesday night after road spikes were used to stop a group of teenagers who were driving a stolen car.

The group of four Queenslanders ? two females aged 13, 14, and two males aged 15 and 17 ? were first chased by Coffs Harbour police at around 8pm after they failed to pay for petrol at a service station.

That pursuit was terminated due to high speeds.

Police monitored the vehicle as it travelled north along the Pacific Highway to Ulmarra where the pursuit resumed.

Grafton highway patrol officers then set down the road spikes at Tyndale, which the group drove over, bring the car to a halt.

The teenagers were arrested and taken to Grafton police station where the 17- and 15-year-olds were charged.

The pair appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday morning.

The 17-year-old boy was charged with three counts of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent, two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of receiving property stolen outside NSW and one count of driving while disqualified.

The 15-year-old was charged with two counts of being carried in a vehicle which had been taken without the owner's consent, two counts of receiving property stolen outside NSW and one count of a never-licenced person driving a vehicle on the road.

Both boys pleaded guilty to all counts.

The 17-year-old will be sentenced on June 19 at Grafton Local Court and the 15-year-old will be sentenced at Tweed Heads Local Court on July 3.

Police said the girls were to be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.



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