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Teen charged over crash in stolen car - Moruya

Thursday, 06 January 2022 03:53:59 PM

A teenager has been charged over a serious crash on the state’s South Coast last year.

Just before 10pm on Tuesday 10 August 2021, a Holden Commodore was allegedly stolen from an address on Vulcan Street, Moruya.

Shortly after, officers attached to South Coast Police District attempted to stop the vehicle after observing it being driven in a dangerous manner; however, the driver allegedly failed to stop and drove from the scene.

Officers patrolled the area before attending a single-vehicle crash in Murray Street, Moruya.

The driver – a man aged 18 at the time – and his 14-year-old passenger were removed from the vehicle by members of the public and treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The younger boy suffered a fractured femur and was taken to Moruya Hospital before being airlifted to hospital in Canberra for further treatment.

The older man was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

The vehicle was seized and underwent further examination.

A crime scene was established, which was examined by specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit, who commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Following investigations, a 19-year-old man was arrested on Vulcan Street, Moruya yesterday (Wednesday 5 January 2022).

He was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station where he was charged with ten offences:

  • aggravated break and enter - commit serious indictable offence;
  • steal motor vehicle;
  • dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous;
  • negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm);
  • destroy or damage property;
  • drive with middle range PCA;
  • drive motor vehicle while licence suspended;
  • driver not wear seatbelt properly adjusted/fastened;
  • drive with person under 16 years old not restrained as prescribed; and,
  • take and drive conveyance without consent of owner

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Moruya Local Court on Friday 14 January 2022.