Un­der­age joyrid­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has been caught joyrid­ing with a friend around Wonga Beach in the fam­ily sta­tion wagon.

A con­cerned res­i­dent wit­nessed the young­sters cruis­ing the streets and in­formed po­lice who went on pa­trol to Wonga Beach and spot­ted the car driv­ing on Mar­lin Drive around 7.15pm on Fe­bru­ary 28.

Moss­man Of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Ed Lukin said po­lice were a fair dis­tance from the ve­hi­cle when they no­ticed it and found it a short time later in a drive­way.

“We spoke with the oc­cu­pants and the own­ers of the house did not know the peo­ple in­volved - the ve­hi­cle was parked at the house,” he said.

The chil­dren gave them­selves up once the po­lice dis­cov­ered the car and in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed the par­ents/guardians were not aware they had the ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice is­sued a warn­ing to other ju­ve­niles that driv­ing a ve­hi­cle in­ex­pe­ri­enced and with­out a li­cence is not only il­le­gal, it is dan­ger­ous.

“I’ve been in the ser­vice for 22 years and I don’t re­call ever in­ter­cept­ing an of­fender as young as that,” Snr Sgt Lukin said.

“I was quite hor­ri­fied to think in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers such as this could put the public at risk and her­self at risk.

“I would urge oth­ers to think se­ri­ously about the con­se­quences of get­ting be­hind the wheel of a ve­hi­cle and driv­ing.

“We spoke with the ju­ve­nile driver and po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the of­fence, but the ju­ve­nile of­fender will be dealt with un­der the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tices Act.”

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