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Six teens charged following police pursuit near Iluka

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:58:49 AM

Six people – including five teenagers – have been charged following a police pursuit in the state’s north.

About 1.50pm (Tuesday 19 October 2021), officers from Coffs-Mid North Coast Traffic & Highway Patrol detected a stolen Kia Rondo travelling north along the Pacific Highway at Dirty Creek.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle however the driver didn’t stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

The Kia continued along the Highway for more than 100km, with the pursuit terminated and recommenced several times due to safety concerns, with police alleging the vehicle crossed to the wrong side of the road and several items being thrown from the vehicle at police.

Road spikes were successfully deployed at Iluka before the Kia came to a stop and collided with two marked police vehicles.

Officers arrested six people – five teenage boys aged between 13 and 18, and a 15-year-old girl.

They were all taken to Grafton Police Station, where the 18-year-old Queensland man was charged with seven offences including police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, drive motor vehicle during disqualification period, receive property stolen outside NSW, part of body outside window/door (driver permit passenger), drive with four or more unrestrained passengers 16yrs or older and take and drive conveyance without consent of owner.

He was refused bail to appear at Grafton Local Court today (Wednesday 20 October 2021).

A 14-year-old boy was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, throw thing onto road or into/onto vehicle on road, part of body outside window or door – passenger and passenger seatbelt not adjusted/fastened.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, throw thing onto road or into/onto vehicle on road and part of body outside window or door – passenger.

The other two teenage boys – aged 13 and 14 – were charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

All four boys were refused bail to appear at a children’s court today.

The teenage girl was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner and passenger seatbelt not adjusted/fastened. She was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Friday 17 December 2021.

Inquiries are continuing.